Wayne National Forest
The rolling Appalachian foothills of the Wayne National Forest are covered largely with oak and hickory, with some native pine and hemlock. The Wayne’s 236,383 acres in southeastern Ohio encompasses a mix of open land and forest that provides a wide variety of habitats for wildlife.
Common mammals include white-tailed deer, gray fox, woodchuck, opossum, and gray squirrel. Unique features include the Irish Run Natural Bridge, one of seven natural rock bridges in Ohio, and several century-old covered bridges. The Covered Bridge Scenic Byway on State Route 26 showcases one of Ohio's most beautiful stretches of highway.
What We Are Doing
Abandoned agricultural fields and land that was previously strip-mined for coal have recently been purchased by the Wayne National Forest. To restore these lands to forests, replanting is necessary to re-establish native hardwood stands.
Our reforestation projects have helped plant a variety of species on these bottomland and riparian sites, including black and red oak, green and white ash, sycamore, river birch, black walnut, and silver maple. We have planted 152,491 trees to date – trees that are providing habitat and food for wildlife, reducing erosion, and helping prevent the spread of evasive, non-native species of vegetation.