MARIETTA UNIT, WAYNE NATIONAL FOREST, OHIO
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.