OHIO CONSERVATION FEDERATION

Ohio’s outdoor heritage, wildlife, water, and habitat need effective conservation leadership.
While there are many groups doing good work in the state, the Ohio Conservation Federation is the coalition of national, regional, and statewide sportsman’s-leaning conservation organizations.
Collectively, the power and effectiveness of our member organizations have the clout and influence necessary for effective communication, education, and advocacy with decision makers in our state capital and across the nation.

2021 OCF Initiatives

Ohio Conservation Federation’s initiatives are varied and vast. Here are a few of the priorities we’ve set for 2021.

Fight Invasive Species

Partner with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and other agencies to support efforts to eradicate Grass carp in Lake Erie and build support for the Brandon Road Plan to prevent further spread of invasive carp into the Great Lakes.

Restore the Division of Wildlife

Support long-term sustainable funding for the Ohio Division of Wildlife and capitol dollars and other funding for maintenance and improvement of property open to and for public recreational use such as ranges, dams, impoundments and access points.

Increase Access and Opportunity

Encourage the State of Ohio, the Department of Natural Resources, and other entities in support of additional acquisition of AEP ReCreation Land available for hunting, fishing, and trapping.

Promote Habitat Conservation Programs

Secure state match for Scioto and Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program and other Farm Bill conservation funding. Support implementation and continuation of H2Ohio.

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2021 OCF Initiatives

Ohio Conservation Federation’s initiatives are varied and vast. Here’s a few of the priorities we’ve set for 2020.

Fight Invasive Species

Partner with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and other agencies to support efforts to eradicate Grass carp in Lake Erie and build support for the Brandon Road Plan to prevent further spread of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.

Restore the Division of Wildlife

Support long-term sustainable funding for the Ohio Division of Wildlife and capitol dollars and other funding for maintenance and improvement of property open to and for public recreational use such as ranges, dams, impoundments and access points.

Increase Access and Opportunity

Encourage the State of Ohio, the Department of Natural Resources, and other entities in support of additional acquisition of AEP ReCreation Land available for hunting, fishing, and trapping.

Promote Habitat Conservation Programs

Secure state match for Scioto and Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program and other Farm Bill conservation funding. Support implementation and continuation of H2Ohio.

Fight Invasive Species

Partner with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to develop an eradication strategy for Grass Carp in Lake Erie and build support for the Brandon Road Plan to prevent the spread of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.

Restore the Division of Wildlife

Support a license fee increase to provide sustaining funding for the Ohio Division of Wildlife and capitol dollars for maintenance and improvement of property open to and for public recreational use such as ranges, dams and impoundments.

Increase Access and Opportunity

Encourage the State of Ohio, the Department of Natural Resources, and other entities in support of additional acquisition of AEP ReCreation Land available for hunting, fishing, and trapping.

Promote Habitat Conservation Programs

Secure state match for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program to target high-priority conservation concerns in the Scioto and Lake Erie Watersheds through establishing resource conserving upland and riparian habitat.

OCF In Action

Chronic Wasting Disease
October 20, 2021

New Legislation Would Address Deadly Disease Facing Deer, Elk, Moose

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 19, 2021) — A new bill would provide critical investments to study and stop the spread of chronic wasting disease, a fatal neurological disease threatening deer, elk, and moose populations in the United States.…
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ConservationConservation ProgramsEndangered SpeciesHabitatRecovering America's Wildlife ActWildlife
September 24, 2021

Senator Portman Supports Bipartisan Bill To Galvanize Wildlife Conservation, Help Prevent Extinctions Nationwide

COLUMBUS, Ohio (September 24, 2021) — Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is co-sponsoring the most significant wildlife conservation bill in nearly half a century, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. The bipartisan bill will devote $1.4 billion annually…
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Great LakesUncategorizedWater Quality
August 10, 2021

Portman’s Bipartisan Senate Infrastructure Bill Invests $1 Billion for Great Lakes Restoration Over 5 Years

Senate infrastructure bill paves the way for increased fish and wildlife conservation in Great Lakes COLUMBUS, Ohio. (August 9, 2021) – The just passed bipartisan Senate infrastructure bill would add $1 billion to the Great Lakes…
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Congressional SupportEndangered Species
August 4, 2021

Bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Reintroduced in Senate

Bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Reintroduced in Senate By Drew YoungeDyke The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is closer to reality than ever after a bipartisan companion Senate version was reintroduced in July by Sens. Kirk Heinrich…
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Congressional SupportConservation
July 28, 2021

New Bipartisan Bill Would Galvanize Wildlife Conservation

New Bill Would Galvanize Wildlife Conservation, Help Prevent Extinctions in Ohio Columbus (July 20, 2021) — New bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate will fund locally-led efforts to help prevent extinctions and help wildlife thrive…
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Invasive Species
April 9, 2021

New Study Models the Threats of Invasive Carp To Great Lakes Food Webs

Nearshore and shallow bays are at most risk by Drew YoungeDyke, National Wildlife Federation A recent study published by the American Fisheries Society models the impacts that invasive carp would have on the food webs of…
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