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

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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Health
April 9, 2021

Be TICK Smart

About the time you will be reading this will be the two-year anniversary of me performing life saving emergency surgery on myself. Perhaps it wasn’t as much of an emergency as I originally thought, but it…
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Great LakesInvasive Species
January 7, 2021

Brandon Road Project Takes a Leap Forward to Stop Invasive Carp

Illinois signs agreement to advance Brandon Road project to stop invasive carp Michigan providing $8 million toward project to build gauntlet of technologies blocking invasive carp from the Great Lakes ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Jan. 7, 2021)…
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Great Lakes
December 22, 2020

Ohio Leads Reauthorization of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Portman, Stabenow, Joyce, Kaptur Announce Senate Passage of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act  Bipartisan Bill Ensures Great Lakes Will Be Protected for Future Generations WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (OH) and Debbie Stabenow (MI), along…
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Asian carp jumping from the water at Barkley Dam. Photo courtesy of Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Congressional SupportInvasive Species
December 20, 2020

Conservation Groups Urge Congress To Fund Efforts to Stop Invasive Carp

Conservation organizations representing hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts throughout the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins are urging Congress to continue critical funding in FY 2021 to fight invasive carp.  This funding will help remove invasive…
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ConservationFishWildlife
December 9, 2020

OCF & NWF Recognize Governor DeWine as a Fish and Wildlife Champion

Ohio Conservation Federation, National Wildlife Federation Recognize Ohio Gov. DeWine with Fish and Wildlife Champion Award COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec. 14, 2020) – The Ohio Conservation Federation and the National Wildlife Federation presented Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine with…
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