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ONAPA, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, was established in 2012 to provide support in managing our state nature preserves as well as other natural areas around Ohio. In 2009, additional severe budget cuts to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) resulted in the dismantling of the Division of Natural Areas & Preserves (DNAP), stewards of the preserves, and embedding the DNAP Program and management of our nature preserves in the already financially beleaguered Division of Parks & Recreation. As a result, several retired DNAP administrators’ spearheaded efforts to establish ONAPA to provide additional volunteer resources, expertise, and a public voice for managing and protecting the 136 state nature preserves and natural areas that were acquired for, and belong to, all Ohioans, present and future.
Since its formation, ONAPA has been very successful in assisting DNAP. ONAPA provides opportunities for citizen volunteers to participate in on-site preserve stewardship projects, preserve monitoring efforts, and provides natural history training workshops and field trips for its members. Visit www.onapa.org to learn more about ONAPA, for stewardship project information and how to sign up as a volunteer for this project.
To register to volunteer for this project visit www.onapa.org. For further inquiries, please contact ONAPA at Info@onapa.org.