COLUMBUS— On Wednesday, Senators Larry Obhof (R-Medina), Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction), Michael Rulli (R-Salem) and Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) joined Governor DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director, Mary Mertz to announce the state has purchased more than 31,000 acres of public land in perpetuity for conservation and outdoor recreation in eastern Ohio.
Senator Hoagland represents part of the purchased land in Noble county. The rest is in Morgan, Muskingum and Guernsey counties and will be acquired over the next two years for the purposes of hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking.
Funding for this project was made possible through the state's new two-year operating budget, which allocated $47 million in capital improvements.
The State of Ohio also has the option to purchase 18,500 more acres in the area by June 2023, which could bring the total close to 60,000 acres.