Background

Background

Founded in 1992 by the Student Environmental Action Coalition at Ohio State University, the BFC was incorporated in 1993. For most of its history, BFC has focused on public forests. We coordinated a national effort that led to the prohibition of coal stripmining on all federal forestland, including Ohio’s Wayne National Forest. We achieved a halt to logging on the Wayne for a decade. We prevented longwall mining, the most damaging method of mining, under Dysart Woods, one of Ohio’s last ancient forests and a National Natural Landmark. Our watchdogging of state and federal agencies has resulted in continuing public scrutiny, public comments, and media visibility of repeated mismanagement of public lands.

For the past two years, Buckeye Forest Council has been working with community leaders across the state to protect
 our environment and Ohioans’ health from fracking and frack waste. Ohio is being increasingly impacted by air emissions of toxic chemicals and methane––a highly potent greenhouse gas, as well as by water contamination, water consumption, and destruction of property values, sustainable businesses, and Ohioans’ quality of life. BFC works with grassroots groups and individuals to educate their communities, local officials, and legislators on implications of water consumption, air and water contamination, toxic, radioactive waste, and the lack of protective regulations at both the state and federal levels. Our work includes legal advice, technical, organizational, and media support for grassroots actions, and public forums.

BFC also works to shut down injection wells, which have received tens of millions of gallons of out-of-state highly radioactive, toxic frack waste annually in recent years. We have convened grassroots organizers from around the state to develop an injection well legislative ban campaign and continue to work with our partners and grassroots groups to support public education, media coverage, and efforts at federal and state regulatory reforms.

The Buckeye Forest Council has a diverse membership that includes individuals, groups, and businesses throughout the state. Although the majority of forests are in the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio, our work serves a membership throughout the state and in surrounding areas.

The Buckeye Forest Council has a diverse membership that includes individuals, groups, and businesses throughout the state. Although the majority of forests are in the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio, our work serves a membership throughout the state and in surrounding areas.