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Department of Natural Resources
Seip House in Chillicothe.jpg
The Seip House, an ODNR office in Chillicothe
Department overview
Formed1949 (1949)
Jurisdiction Ohio
Department executive
  • James Zehringer, director
Website ohiodnr.gov

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is the administrative department of the Ohio state government [1] charged with maintaining natural resources such as state parks, state nature preserves, state wildlife areas, state forests, and state waterways. It was created in 1949 by the Ohio Legislature. [2]

Divisions of ODNR include:

  • Division of Engineering
  • Division of Forestry
  • Division of Geological Survey
  • Division of Mineral Resources Management
  • Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
  • Division of Parks and Watercraft
  • Division of Water Resources
  • Division of Wildlife

ODNR owns and manages more than 590,000 acres (2,400 km2) of land in 74 state parks, 20 state forests, 127 state nature preserves, and 120 wildlife areas and more than 120,000 acres (490 km2) of inland waters; 7,000 miles (11,000 km) of streams; 481 miles (774 km) of Ohio River; and 2,250,000 acres (9,100 km2) of Lake Erie. [2]

See also


  1. ^ Ohio Rev. Code § 121.01 et seq.
  2. ^ a b "About ODNR" (web). State of Ohio. Retrieved 2008-01-06.

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