Consent of the state is given to the United States department of agriculture forest service and, between May 6, 1902 and March 14, 1980, to any other agency or instrumentality of the United States, for the acquisition, by purchase or gift, of such lands in the state as in the opinion of the federal government may be needed for the establishment, consolidation, and extension of national forests and for flood control and soil conservation work in the state. At the time the forest service begins to negotiate with the owner of land to acquire land in the state, the forest service shall notify in writing the board of county commissioners of the county in which the land is located. Such notice shall include the location and amount of land that the forest service intends to acquire. The board of county commissioners shall publish, in the Ohio newspaper of largest circulation in the county in which the land is located, notice of the intent of the forest service to acquire the land and the location thereof.
The state retains concurrent jurisdiction with the United States over such areas in the matter of service thereon of all civil and criminal process issuing under the authority of the state.
The boundaries of any areas selected under this section shall be first approved by the governor and such other state agencies and departments as he designates.
Effective Date: 09-30-1980