ODNR to Honor the State’s Most Dedicated Environmental Defenders | Local News

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame.

Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to conservation and improving the quality of life in Ohio.

For more than 50 years, the Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame has been the state’s highest honor for individuals who have dedicated their lives to the management of Ohio’s natural resources, education environmental or scientific achievements. Last year’s recipients included an award-winning botanist, renowned naturalist and author, and Lake Erie enthusiast. Mary Mertz, Director of ODNR commented on the nominations.

“Celebrating the many people dedicated to protecting and preserving Ohio’s natural resources is one of the great honors we have at ODNR,” Mertz said.

She added: “We hope that by honoring these lifelong conservation enthusiasts, we can inspire younger generations to follow in their footsteps and keep our natural world beautiful.”

To be considered for induction, nominees must be born in Ohio or have made a significant contribution to the conservation of Ohio’s natural resources.

For more information on the selection criteria and to request a nomination form, email Stephanie O’Grady at Stephanie.O’[email protected] Online and mail-in applications must be received by June 6, 2022.

Nominations submitted by mail should be sent to: ODNR Communications, 2045 Morse Road, Building D-3, Columbus, OH 43229, Attn: Hall of Fame. Inductees will be announced later this summer.

Established in 1966, the Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame has proudly honored nearly 180 Ohioans to date, including John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed); explorer John Wesley Powell; Pulitzer Prize-winning ecologist and novelist Louis Bromfield; pioneering botanist Lucy Braun; and agriculture conservation advocate, Bob Evans.

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