(Posted by Trent Dougherty, Director of Legal Affairs)
Historic Malabar Farm was the heart and soul of Mansfield, Ohio’s own Louis Bromfield and his work for conservation. Yet, did you know it was in peril during his last days?
To chronicle the importance of this public treasure, a 3 minute video was created by Tender Land Company to celebrate the work of Mansfield’s famous son and challenges us to re-think the management of our Ohio State Parks. Look at the tough truth behind the story-book life of Bromfield and the peril that awaits his farm today.
Click the link below to view the movie: The Woods at Malabar.
Also, view Mohican Advocates film on Mohican State Park , entitled Mohican: The Long View.
The threats: Drilling & Logging
More than a year has passed since the passage of HB 133, which opened Ohio’s State Parks to oil and gas drilling, and provisions in the State’s Biennial Budget Bill that opened those same parks to commercial logging. Yet, while bill’s Leasing Board has yet to meet, and while no drill-bit has yet pierced our parks (yet), state officials are working hard.
As public records show (and we will feature on future posts on drilling in our parks) officials have been working hard to abide by the mandates of the new law: inventorying and classifying state owned parcels; checking titles; and clearing any encumbrances. All to make our parks primed and ready for drilling and logging.
But there is another group working hard as well. The Coalition to Protect Ohio’s Parks, led by Mohican Advocates, Inc., has coalesced in an effort to reverse the decision of state lawmakers to open Ohio’s State Parks and Forests to drilling and fracking for gas and oil, and their decision to allow commercial logging in our State Parks for profit alone.
A focal point of the group’s effort is to shine an important light on the reasons why the State Parks were set aside in the first place, and why, for generations, commercial logging and industrial scale drilling were denied. The movies on Mohican and Malabar are just the start of CPOP’s efforts to protect the sanctity of small slices of public land we have in Ohio.
Please visit the Mohican Advocates, Inc. website and the Coalition to Protect our Parks to sign the petition to protect our parks.