Mohican-Memorial State Forest
Mohican-Memorial State Forest is a state forest in Ashland County, Ohio, United States. Mohican-Memorial State Forest is used for forest research, demonstrations of good forest management, tree seed for nurseries, recreation, and protection of soil and watershed. The forest offers beautiful scenery which makes a great experience while hiking, biking, and canoeing.
Mohican-Memorial State Forest comprises 4,525 acres and is carefully watched over by the Ohio Division of Natural Resources (ODNR). Mohican-Memorial State Forest is at the heart of “Mohican Country”, the third most popular tourist destination in the state. The ODNR Division of Forestry manages the forest under a multiple-use basis. Recreation, forest protection (insect, disease, regeneration and fire), wildlife management, law enforcement, soil and watershed management, and forest management for timber and non-timber are practiced. The Clear Fork River and Pine Run are the major streams that run through Mohican-Memorial State Forest. These streams then merge to make the large Mohican River. The forest has many types of trees like oak, hickory, cherry, white and red pine, maple, aspen, and other types of trees. Many species of animals thrive in Mohican-Memorial State Forest. Deer and turkey have been successfully reintroduced. Grouse and pheasant are occasionally seen. Fox, coyote, raccoon, skunk, rabbit, red and gray squirrel, amphibians, black snakes, owl, heron, and bald eagle are among the many species reported.
History of the State Forest
The Ohio Division of Forestry first acquired the land in 1928 and has continued with the accumulation of over 4,500 acres. Some of the land acquired was deforested for agricultural use. The land had become eroded and unfertile, and it was eventually abandoned. When the land was acquired, it was a goal to reforest the land as quick as possible. Much work was done by the Civilian Conservation Corps who planted many trees during the 1930s. Their camp was located in the State Forest. They replanted approximately two million native hardwood trees like oak, hickory, beech, maple, and other trees like gum, aspen, ash, cherry, and walnut trees. Native pine trees are also found in the forest. The Corps also built roads, bridges, fire breaks, trails, picnic shelters, and two fire towers. Also found within Mohican-Memorial State Forest is the Memorial Forest Shrine Park. This is a 270 acre part of the Forest dedicated to 20,000 Ohio men and women who lost their lives in battle. In the Memorial Forest Shrine Park there is a chapel-like shrine that has the 20,000 names of the Ohio soldiers who lost their lives in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War.
- Mohican-Memorial State Forest, Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Accessed 2009-02-06.
- Mohican-Memorial State Forest, Five Year Management Plan Addressing Recommendations of Mohican-Memorial Ad Hoc Advisory Council
- Mohican-Memorial State Forest
- Memorial Forest Shrine