Chapter 1501:3-2 Rules for Visitation
(B) Hocking state forest, all state forest target ranges and all state forest all-purpose vehicle areas shall be closed daily one-half hour after sunset until one-half hour before sunrise throughout the year, except as provided in rule 1501:3-2-02 of the Administrative Code.
(C) The chief of the division of forestry or authorized agent, may temporarily close to the public any state forest or any facility, target range, trail, or area within any state forest where it is determined to be hazardous for public use or detrimental to the resource or facility due to weather, water, fire, construction, timber removal or other situation involving public health, safety, or welfare.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates:
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1503.01
Rule Amplifies: 1503.01
Prior Effective Dates: 9/16/1974, 9/24/1977, 9/25/1986, 7/16/1995, 1/9/2004
Persons engaged in camping or going to and from campsites, persons engaged in legal hunting or fishing at night including such times as may be required for entry prior to or following completion of legal hunting or fishing, or for activities considered preparatory for legal hunting or fishing, and persons using a state forest as access to their private property, and military personnel or other persons engaged in special use under authorization of the chief of the division or authorized agent, may be present in the state forests at any time except the chief may request said persons to evacuate the area in periods of extreme wildland fire danger.
No person shall swim in the waters contained within any state forest except in areas designated by the chief of the division of forestry or authorized agent.
(A) Regardless of intent, no person shall cause to be dumped, or throw, drop, discard, place, or dump litter, rubbish, garbage, refuse, or debris of any kind within any state forest except in such places and within such receptacles as are provided therefor. No person shall deposit rubbish, garbage, refuse, or debris accruing from property other than state forests in receptacles located upon state forest lands.
(B) No person, regardless of intent, shall cause a tree to be felled from private property on to state forest property without removing said tree from state property.
Except as provided in rule 1501:3-2-06 of the Administrative Code, no person shall cut, remove or damage any tree, shrub or plant or pick any wildflowers, or harass or collect any native wild animal, unless engaged in licensed hunting and/or fishing in accordance with provisions of the revised code and wildlife rules, nor shall any person dig, excavate or remove any rock, sand, gravel or other mineral from state forests without first obtaining written permission from the chief of the division or authorized agent.
Berries, nuts, fruits, cones, seeds, and mushrooms that are not an endangered species or threatened species as designated or governed by applicable state and federal statutes or regulations may be gathered and removed from state forests subject to the following restriction:
(A) These items may not be gathered from seed orchards, seed collection areas, seed production areas, areas designated as wilderness, designated nature preserves and in other areas designated or posted.
(B) The harvest and removal of ginseng from state forest lands shall be as governed in applicable sections of Chapter 1518. of the Revised Code and rules 1501:31-40-01 to 1501:31-40-03 of the Administrative Code.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 05/29/2015 and 08/13/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1503.01
Rule Amplifies: 1503.01
Prior Effective Dates: 9/16/1974, 9/25/1986, 7/16/1995, 1/9/2004, 5/11/2009
(A) No person shall kindle or authorize another to kindle a fire in any state forest except in designated areas or receptacles unless otherwise approved by the chief or authorized agent.
(B) No person shall leave any fire unattended or empty the contents of any furnace, stove or other burner onto the ground before the ignited fuels therein have been extinguished.
Rescinded eff 1-9-04
No person shall detonate or cause to be detonated or use any commercial or home made fireworks within state forests without first having obtained written permission from the chief of the division or authorized agent.
No person shall consume, display, or possess any alcoholic beverage in any state forest.
(A) No person or persons shall conduct any public meeting or events, or special activity upon the lands or waters of the division without first obtaining a special use permit from the chief of the division or the chief's authorized agent upon application made not less than thirty days prior to the day of the proposed meeting, event, or special activity. A nonrefundable fee of fifty dollars remitted to the division of forestry to pay administrative processing costs shall accompany each permit application.
(B) Where a special use permit is issued and the activity or event is not exclusively sponsored by the division, the permittee shall be responsible for any and all additional costs, including but not limited to labor, materials, cleaning, or utilities, incurred by the division in connection with the event or activity.
(C) The chief may require a performance guarantee deposit from the permittee as a condition for issuance of the special use permit. The chief may retain a portion of the performance guarantee deposit equal to the additional costs incurred by the division in connection with the activity or event. The permittee shall be responsible for payment of any and all such costs in excess of the performance guarantee deposit. The chief or the chief's authorized agent may waive this rule.
No person shall construct, erect, or use any structure on state forest land except tents in designated campgrounds without first obtaining approval in writing from the chief of the division or authorized agent. Portable deer stands that are temporarily installed without driving nails or inserting other devices permanently into a tree and that are removed without damage to any vegetation are permitted during the legal deer season. The stand shall have stamped into or attached thereto on a durable waterproof tag the name and mailing address of the user in English letters legible at all times.
(A) No person shall participate in rappelling or engage in rock-climbing in any state forest except on areas designated for rock-climbing or rappelling. No person shall participate in rappelling or engage in rock-climbing without the use of technical or specialized equipment designed for such use.
(B) No person shall engage in rappelling or rock-climbing, or enter the rappelling and rock-climbing designated area, without first registering in the place and manner required and provided.
No person shall take off, or ascend within or from the lands or waters administered by the division in any airplane, flying machine, balloon, glider, or other aerial apparatus except with the permission of the chief of the division or authorized agent. No person shall voluntarily bring, land or alight, within or upon the lands or waters administered by the division, in any airplane, flying machine, balloon, parachute or other aerial apparatus except with the permission of the chief of the division or authorized agent.
No person shall release any wild or domestic animal, or abandon such animal, or plant or culture any seed or vegetation of any type in any area administered by the division without the written permission of the chief of the division or authorized agent.
(A) Domestic cats and dogs or horses as provided in paragraph (B) of rule 1501:3-3-06 and rule 1501:3-3-08 and rule 1501:3-4-04 of the Administrative Code are permitted unless otherwise posted or designated and provided they are leashed or under control at all times. Animals in campgrounds are subject to rule 1501:3-3-08 of the Administrative Code. Trained hunting dogs under the control of a hunter in a designated hunting area as established under rule 1501:3-6-03 of the Administrative Code are permitted, while hunting or training during lawful hours and seasons are as established by statute, rule or order.
(B) Any animal found running at large may be seized and disposed of as provided by law or ordinance covering the disposal of stray animals on highways or public property in effect in the territory in which the area administered by the division is located wherein such stray animal is seized.
(C) The owner or handler of any animal under the control or supervision of any person within a state forest which disturbs the quiet or acts in a threatening manner towards any person or other animal may be directed by the forest officer to remove the animal from the state forest.
(D) The tethering of any horse or other animal by picket line or any other method to any tree or vegetation is prohibited except in designated areas.
(E) No person shall bring an animal not otherwise governed by the division of forestry administrative code into state forests except as may be approved by and in places designated by the chief of the division or authorized agent.
No person shall remove from, injure, disfigure, deface, destroy or disturb any object or feature of paleontological, archaeological, geological or historical interest or value in any area administered by the division without first obtaining written permission from the chief of the division or authorized agent.
No person shall use or offer for use any device for the purpose of locating or removing any metallic objects or any other objects of value from any lands or waters administered by the division without first having obtained written permission from the chief of the division or authorized agent.
No person shall discharge any device capable of propelling a plastic BB or capsule which upon impact with a person or object will release a dye or colorant within any state forest except as permitted by the chief or authorized agent.
(A) No person shall leave a game camera or otherwise stationary camera unless it has a durable, waterproof tag that lists the name, phone number, and mailing address of the user in legible English letters.
(B) No person shall leave any container for use as a geocache unless given prior written permission from the chief of the division of forestry or authorized agent.