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Wayne Forest rules:

Limits placed on activities to preserve resources

May 13, 2013

NELSONVILLE — The Wayne National Forest, which includes land in Washington County, is putting new restrictions on activities that include camping, hunting and boating to protect the forest’s natura......

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slogoin

May-13-13 7:13 AM

Good job Wayne management!We certainly cant have folks enjoying a national forest.What nerve of people to think that the forest is theirs to enjoy.With all that "green" space that has been purchased as of late,folks can go sit at a picnic table in town.

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JoshBrown

May-13-13 8:21 AM

@ Slogoin The new rules are to protect the forests from groups like "rainbow family" that go from state to state trashing the forests.

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geelongfan

May-13-13 9:11 AM

I'm glad the government continues to protect us from ourselves. If they don't do it, who will?

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slogoin

May-13-13 10:28 AM

PLEASE contact Dawn McCarthy at 740-753-0527 about this issue.She isnt answering the phone right now(imagine that)and let her know that this arbitrary BS need stopped now.

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slogoin

May-13-13 10:29 AM

unbelieveable

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slogoin

May-13-13 10:43 AM

Contact Andy Thompson.They have an excellent staff that is responsive in his office. 614-644-8728

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nfulton

May-13-13 11:38 AM

After looking over the rules they aren't that much different that what is posted now. It just keeps people from destroying campsites, trails, and trashing the areas which get worse and worse every time I go out there to camp. I don't believe in regulation anymore than most, but I've had more than one experience out there where a group of people terrorized and destroyed the campgrounds. At least there will be something in effect to allow them to be punished for doing so.

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slogoin

May-13-13 12:05 PM

Dawn McCarty is with the ODNR and needs to hear from folks that use this facility.This was directly targeted at the jeep clubs that come here and fill our motels/hotels yearly.

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armybrat

May-13-13 1:01 PM

This whole issue boils down to a handful of people who are ruining the forest for everyone. The rules are reasonable and I can only think it is the one's guilty of breaking the rules that are protesting the new rules. We are all responsible to leave camping, hiking and other forest sites clean when we leave the sites. To avoid more rules,*****it up and clean up after yourselves and don't destroy the forest.

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slogoin

May-13-13 2:34 PM

Army,So I am a "rulebreaker" because I dont like the new rules?Hardly.Our family reunions,cookouts and hiking trips are all in Wayne.We leave it like we found it or better.Spent MANY days there and have seen no problems.The Jeep clubs have a Clean Trails project that picks up others messes.Yea,I have seen trash strewn along some of the ROADS thru Wayne,but is usually mostly picked up and clean by Memorial Day weekend by the very same folks they dont want using it.Dont punish all for the bad behavior of a FEW.

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armybrat

May-13-13 8:17 PM

Slogoin, I did not accuse any specific person or group for trashing up Wayne Forest. Maybe you read something in my comment that wasn't there.

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slogoin

May-13-13 8:24 PM

Army,guess it was the part about the only ones protesting are the ones causing the problems.I have found Wayne to be a nice place and try to keep it that way after we leave.It is a great asset

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Apostrophe

May-13-13 8:43 PM

Slogoin, I have no idea which rules you're upset about. Is it that you can't litter or smoke pot? After reading them, I saw nothing controversial at all. National Forests are in place to both provide public recreation and conservation of natural resources, and it's a balancing act. And by the way, the ODNR is a state agency. The have no jurisdiction over Wayne NATIONAL Forest.

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slogoin

May-13-13 9:23 PM

Apos,we are avid off roaders.It is now against the rules

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Apostrophe

May-13-13 10:35 PM

Slogoin, while I agree that many of the groups who travel into the area to offroad around holidays are not generally a problem, the real issue is with locals going out on a Saturday night with a case of beer. As a property owner with land adjacent to Wayne, offroaders who have zero respect for my clearly marked private land, who drive into my creek and leave their trash in my fields completely disrupt my ability to enjoy the forest. I've also seen a lot of formerly nice foot trails destroyed by the erosion that repeated offroading causes.

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JoshBrown

May-14-13 10:56 AM

@Apostrophe

I have taken care of the problem around my property with dirt bikes/ 4 wheelers. I have stung cables on the paths coming into my property it stopped it right away. Haven't had a problem since then just make sure to paint the cables bright orange/yellow so they can see them don't want anyone taking their heads off.

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slogoin

May-14-13 11:23 AM

We seem(as in me) have fell victim to a poorly written news release.The Jeeps arent going to be forced out,as they have NO jurisdiction over township roads.I spoke in lengnth to Dawn McCarthy today.She was understanding of the situation,and is willing to work with us on this situation.Hefty fines were handed out over the last couple of years that shouldnt have been regarding parking on the sides of the road.She was actually very open minded towards the situation and seemed to understand.I realize that some of the restrictions were neccessary to preserve the watershed.

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BeRight

May-14-13 3:59 PM

My favorite rule and reason is the one for Buckley Island: you are not allowed to camp there overnight because they are concerned that the noise from campers would keep birds and other animals from getting a good night sleep.

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rocker

May-15-13 3:09 PM

Heres what I think. I think the ODNR and these park rangers are getting to big for their pants and needs cut back.

I can see I won't be going to Wayne natl. forest. Permits and fees for this and that jeeeeshhhh! Sounds like a place to get your pockets cleaned out for sure.

I prefer raw camping areas deep in the woods that are free. And that means the freedom to do WTH I wanna do and freedom from these mickey mouse fees and rules!

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