MA­RI­ETTA UNIT, WAYNE NA­TIONAL FOR­EST, OHIO

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Ohio’s Ap­palachian foothills al­ready had to be saved once—much of Wayne Na­tional For­est was re­planted in the 1930s af­ter tim­ber and iron in­dus­tries had their way. To­day, oil and gas de­vel­op­ment threaten to undo that restora­tion. Since 2016, the Bureau of Land Man­age­ment has auc­tioned off about 2,300 acres of the for­est’s east­ern­most Ma­ri­etta Unit to hy­draulic frac­tur­ing com­pa­nies. Af­ter en­vi­ron­men­tal groups sued the gov­ern­ment in 2017, the For­est Ser­vice an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary that it would re­vise the Wayne’s land man­age­ment plan. The de­ci­sion of­fers a chance to fight for the Buck­eye State’s nat­u­ral her­itage. Learn more at theoec.org.

Blue-eyed Mary grows be­side the Wild­cat Hol­low Hik­ing Trail in May.

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