Useful links for landowners


OSU Extension – Ohio State University Extension helps Ohioans use the scientifically based information from land grant universities to better their lives, businesses and communities. The four major program areas of Extension are family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, community development and agriculture and natural resources. Extension provides practical advice, sensible solutions, and realistic down-to-earth answers for all Ohioans.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is charged with maintaining natural resources such as state parks, public lands, state forests, state waterways, and recreation areas. Divisions include: Division of Engineering, Division of Forestry, Division of Geological Survey, Division of Mineral Resources Management, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, Division of Parks, Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention, Division of Soil and Water Resources, Division of Watercraft and Division of Wildlife.

ODNR Division of Forestry ‘Call Before You Cut’ – In-depth forest management information for landowners.

Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts – County offices provide leadership and services that enable Ohioans to conserve, protect, and enhance soil, water and land resources.

Directory of County Commissioners – County Boards of Commissioners hold title to all county properties, serve as the sole taxing authority for the county and control county purchasing. Commissioners are the budget and appropriating authority for county government which includes all county agencies and elected officials (sheriff, auditor, treasurer, courts, etc.)

Directory of County Auditors – County auditors oversee the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) program in each county. Landowners must enroll in, or renew, CAUV participation each year with the county auditor’s office. The office also oversees the appraisal of properties for taxation at each six-year reappraisal and triennial update.

Directory of Township Contact Information – Townships encompass the unincorporated area of Ohio, serving approximately 35 percent of Ohio’s population. Townships maintain more road miles than any other branch of government with 41,000 miles. Townships maintain cemeteries and can provide police and fire protection, parks and recreation, zoning and waste disposal.