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Ohio Grant Program Fuels Prescribed Fire Management Across the State


Columbus, Ohio (March 11, 2024) – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry is taking a fiery approach to conservation. Through its Prescribed Fire Supplies, Tools, Education, and Personal Protective Equipment (STEP) Grant program, the Division of Forestry recently awarded $54,884.44 to fund 19 different projects.

“We’re thrilled to be able to support these crucial projects and expand these essential fire programs throughout Ohio,” said Aaron Kloss, manager of the Division of Forestry’s fire prevention program.

The STEP Grants target Ohio land management agencies, providing financial assistance to help them establish and strengthen their prescribed fire initiatives. These grants allow recipients to purchase essential equipment like personal protective gear, radios, specialized tools, weather monitoring devices, pumps, hoses, and nozzles.

Prescribed fires are a critical tool for many land management agencies in Ohio. They play a vital role in maintaining healthy habitats and ecosystems. For instance, restoring prairie lands relies heavily on controlled burns to create the necessary disturbance that allows native prairie species to flourish. Similarly, prescribed fires are essential for oak-hickory forests. The controlled burns help to manage competing vegetation, creating an environment where oak seedlings can thrive and become the dominant species.

The ODNR Forestry’s STEP grant program offers cost-sharing opportunities, significantly impacting the overall investment in prescribed fire management. With matching funds included, the grants translate to a total of $110,307.53 directed towards land management agencies across Ohio. These funds originate from the USDA Forest Service and are administered by the ODNR Division of Forestry.

The Ohio Division of Forestry remains committed to promoting the responsible use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. For more information about Ohio’s woodlands, visit their website at forestry.ohiodnr.gov. You can also follow them on social media: Facebook and Instagram at @odnrforestry.