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Ancient Giants: Ohio Protects Its Precious Old-Growth Forests


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Towering trees, teeming with life, whisper tales of centuries past. These are Ohio’s old-growth forests, remnants of a time untouched by human intervention. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is committed to safeguarding these irreplaceable ecosystems, thanks in part to generous donations from the public.

“Our state nature preserves offer a glimpse into a bygone era,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “Experiencing these ancient giants firsthand is truly humbling. By contributing to the income tax checkoff program, Ohioans become partners in protecting these natural wonders for future generations.”

From the towering oaks of Goll Woods to the lush greenery of Johnson Woods, these sanctuaries harbor a diverse tapestry of life. From the hidden world of soil microorganisms to the songbirds soaring through the canopy, each element plays a crucial role in the intricate web of the ecosystem.

As old-growth giants reach their natural lifespan, younger trees gradually fill the gaps, ensuring the forest’s continued evolution. Even fallen giants contribute, providing vital habitat for countless creatures.

Become a Partner in Preservation:

You can be part of this vital mission! Donate to the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves through the income tax checkoff program. Simply designate a portion of your refund to “nature preserves and scenic rivers” on your Ohio 1040 form. Visit the ODNR website for more information.

Explore Ohio’s Natural Treasures:

Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Ohio’s old-growth forests. Hike the trails of Johnson Woods, marvel at the state champion pitch pine at Lake Katharine, or wander through the ancient beech trees of Culberson Woods.

These state nature preserves offer a unique opportunity to connect with nature’s past and ensure its future for generations to come. So lace up your boots, breathe in the fresh air, and discover the magic of Ohio’s old-growth forests.