New Wildlife Area Dedicated

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A new, 3,500-acre state wildlife area was dedicated today amid one of the state’s most popular hunting destinations, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Located in Harrison and Belmont counties, Jockey Hollow State Wildlife Area includes a diverse patchwork of forest and grasslands, and features several small ponds.

“The addition of Jockey Hollow as Ohio’s newest state wildlife area demonstrates an ongoing commitment by the State of Ohio and its partners, a commitment to respecting our natural resources, conserving them for future generations and using them wisely so everyone can enjoy them,” said ODNR Director Sam Speck, who presided at the dedication ceremony.

Joining state and local officials at the dedication were leaders of The Conservation Fund, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Ruffed Grouse Society, Ducks Unlimited and Whitetails Unlimited.

The new property includes land within Athens and Moorefield townships in the southeastern corner of Harrison County and Flushing Township in Belmont County.

Recognized for its abundant recreational opportunities, the area will be managed for hunters, anglers and nature enthusiasts by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. The area is home to white-tailed deer, wild turkey, grouse, squirrels, rabbits and river otters. Ponds that dot Jockey Hollow offer anglers the opportunity to catch largemouth bass and a variety of panfish.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife manages 120 state wildlife areas that offer hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities on more than 173,000 acres.