Life in Delaware County

County’s State Parks Are Home To WInter Fun

29 Dec , 2019  

The snow and cold is bound to return. Fortunately, Delaware County residents live in the midst of one of the best places for winter fun in all of Ohio.

ODNR’s Division of State Parks & Watercraft promotes winter fun across the state by sharing a list of activities. Delaware County is home to at least one state park that “ticks all the boxes,” that is, provides that particular opportunity. More…

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Life in Delaware County

ODNR To Invest $2.2 Million In Delaware Shooting Range

19 Dec , 2019  

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife has received approval from the State Controlling Board today to invest $2.2 million into the Delaware Shooting Range in Delaware. The project is being implemented to clean up the existing site via lead reclamation while increasing safety and shooting opportunities.

“The Division of Wildlife is excited to provide outstanding new range facilities for Ohio’s sporting enthusiasts,” said ODNR Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “This project includes an educational facility with family friendly amenities to welcome many recreational shooting sports enthusiasts.” More…

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History/Tourism

New Ohio State Park Reservation and Registration System Coming Soon

9 Dec , 2019  

Richland Countians are certainly fans of Ohio’s many state parks, particularly those close to home. Visitors should take note that the way you reserve rentable amenities in this parks is about to change.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will roll out the new Ohio Reservation and Watercraft Registration System (ORRS) starting Friday, December 20. The online system will reduce reservation fees for customers, improve the user experience, and enhance the Ohio Parks rewards program. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Deer Hunting Sees Bigger Numbers In 2019

2 Dec , 2019  

Ohio’s archery hunters have taken close to 75,000 white-tailed deer thus far during the early part of the season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Through Tuesday, Nov. 26, archery hunters have checked 74,838 deer. Last year, archery accounted for 46% of the deer season total.

The count is higher than last year across the state and in Delaware County as well.
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Life in Delaware County

Whirlwind Ohio State Park Tour Includes Local Stops

13 Nov , 2019  

An Ohio Department of Natural Resources Naturalist undertook a tour of all 75 Ohio state parks…with the surprising goal of visiting all 75 within 10 days.

As she traveled, ‘Naturalist Richelle’ used internet and social media to blog and vlog her trip, allowing others to follow her adventures. More…

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Life in Delaware County

ODNR Offering Discounts for Veterans and Active Duty Military

4 Nov , 2019  

In honor of Veterans Day, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will offer U.S. military, both active duty and veterans, a 30% discount off camping, getaway rentals, and state-operated cabin stays during November.

“It’s always a privilege to host the brave individuals who served to protect our country,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “We hope veterans, along with their friends and families, will have the opportunity to make special memories at Ohio state parks.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Last Leaf Report Of The Year: Delaware Is Fading

31 Oct , 2019  

Even with the strong winds and scattered storms last weekend, there are still great fall colors across the Buckeye State. This weekend, we are still expecting mostly peak conditions with some fading color around the state.

“Despite the extended summer, we are having a great fall color season,” said Ohio Department of Natural Resources Fall Color Forester Greg Smith. “Ohio has over 125 different hardwood tree species, so we are enjoying a beautiful pallet of color.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Central Ohio Leaves Are Changing Color, ODNR Says

16 Oct , 2019  

Due to the warmer than normal temperatures, leaves are slowly starting their autumn color transformation, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). With cooler temperatures forecasted, those colors should soon appear statewide.

“Some fall color is developing slowly in pockets around the state,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester Greg Smith. “But with the onset of cooler temperatures, the fall colors of the season will soon emerge. Make sure to plan a trip out to one of our many state parks, nature preserves or forests to see the colors of the season – where there are no admission or parking fees. Locations like Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park and Mohican State Park/Forest, as well as preserves like Conkles Hollow, are stunning on a normal day, but when these places are draped with beautiful fall color, the experience is breathtaking.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

ODNR Encourages You To Go Leaf Peeping

6 Oct , 2019  

Even if you are not planning to go on a hike or pack up a tent and camp out this fall, you can take advantage of the easiest way to welcome fall with almost no effort required: leaf peeping. Leaf peeping is, simply put, just the act of looking at leaves to observe the color change that takes place during fall. This activity is so popular that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), in partnership with Ohio. Find It Here., maintains a Fall Color Forecast to help people find the best locations to view and enjoy the beautiful colors that accompany the onset of fall in Ohio. More…

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Life in Delaware County

ODNR Holding Lottery For Duck, Geese Hunting At State Parks, Including In Delaware County

24 Jul , 2019  

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is holding a lottery for more than 280 permits to hunters wishing to construct a blind to hunt ducks and geese on select state park lakes this waterfowl hunting season. All but one of the drawings will be held the morning of Saturday, August 17. Portage Lakes State Park will hold its lottery on Thursday, August 15. At all parks, applications will be taken locally with the lottery drawings following registration. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Interested in Becoming a State Wildlife Officer?

23 Jul , 2019  

Have you ever thought about a career working in the big, beautiful, Buckeye outdoors?

To be considered for the wildlife officer cadet training school, applicants must be at least 21 years of age by May 1, 2020, and have a valid driver’s license. An associate degree or completion of an undergraduate core program in fish, wildlife management, criminal justice, environmental law enforcement or related fields is required by Sept. 1, 2019. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware County Receiving Federal Funds Through ODNR

18 Jul , 2019  

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is distributing more than $485,000 of federal funds to 18 counties, which will primarily go toward improving schools and roads. Counties receiving funding include Athens, Delaware, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, Scioto, Vinton, Washington, Licking, Mahoning, Portage, Stark and Trumbull. More…

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