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HEARTWOOD: People helping people protect the places they love! • 28th Annual Forest Council: Edge Effects • Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28 • Camp Crestfield, Slippery Rock PA

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WAYNE NATIONAL FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN REVISION ESCALATED

On February 13, 2018, the USFS announced that it would be revising the Wayne National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (“Plan”). Heartwood and other groups sued the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in 2017 over the auctioning of mineral rights under the forest and tiering that leasing decision-making to the outdated Plan. Pointing to the fact that the outdated Plan does not contemplate the impacts to land, wildlife and water resources caused by high volume hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), Heartwood and our litigation partners were told throughout the administrative process that the FP was adequate. Clearly, that
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Feds Continue Frack Attack on Ohio’s Wayne National Forest

COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Bureau of Land Management will auction 141 acres in the Wayne National Forest today for oil and gas development, its third lease auction since approving fracking in Ohio’s only national forest last December. The fracking industry has so far nominated about 18,000 acres of the Wayne National Forest’s Marietta Unit to be auctioned for oil and gas leasing. The BLM plans to continue holding quarterly auctions until those lands are leased; it has leased 1,817 acres of the national forest to the fracking industry since December. “Fracking has encroached on communities all over eastern Ohio. Now the
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22nd Annual Heartwood Reunion October 6-8

The 22nd Annual Heartwood Reunion will take place on October 6th-8th at the Lazy Black Bear in Paoli, Indiana.  The Heartwood Reunion is a public event where people with a shared interest in sustainability and protecting the environment gather from all across the central and eastern United States for a weekend of music, workshops, food, and connection. This year’s event will feature a keynote speech by Ross Gay, award-winning poet and founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard.  Following Gay’s Friday night address, there will music by the Jefferson Street Parade Band and Glitter Brains.  Saturday’s schedule includes Opening
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