Ladies, get in touch with your wild side this summer

Ohio women have the chance to be part of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ inaugural Ohio Women’s Outdoor Adventures weekend on Aug. 22-24.
It is open to women 12 years of age and older. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Burr Oak State Park Lodge and Conference Center near Glouster will create the perfect setting. Surrounded by 2,593 acres of wilderness, it will let participants feel away from it all.
Participants can learn and practice a variety of skills including kayaking/canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, operating a trailer and a power boat, and jon boat handling.
They can also try fishing, outdoor photography and geocaching.
Optional events like an early-bird run, astronomy, birding and bonfires will be available.
“The Ohio Women’s Outdoor Adventures weekend provides women a weekend away where they can relax and enhance their outdoor recreational skills,” said Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer.
Registration for this event is first-come, first-served and limited to 80 participants. The registration fee of $195 includes all workshops, two nights of lodging, five meals and snacks.
Registration ends Aug. 1, so now would be the time to commit.
For information, including a schedule of events, and to register, visit http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/owoa, or contact Valerie Cox at 614-265-6652 or valerie.cox@dnr.state.oh.us. Also, visit Burr Oak Lodge at http://stayburroak.com.
Along the Way:
A survey conducted by Columbus-based Fallon Research and Communications. indicates that Ohioans are very concerned about the water quality of Lake Erie, its tributaries and the other Great Lakes.
The results crossed all political party lines and seem to be a common ground among the general electorate.
“Ohioans understand the importance of Clean Water Act protections,” said Marc Smith, policy director, National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes office. “The Clean Water Act has helped protect the places in Ohio where we hunt, fish and recreate.
“In addition, the Clean Water Act has ensured the safety of our drinking water for more than 40 years. There’s simply nothing good to be gained by undermining clean water protections that are benefiting people, wildlife and our outdoor heritage,” Smith said.
The poll comes as Congress is considering funding levels for Great Lakes restoration.
In the last five years, Congress and the Obama administration have invested more than $1.6 billion to clean up toxic pollution, combat invasive species like Asian carp, prevent urban and farm field runoff, and restore fish and wildlife habitat and wetlands.
Federal restoration projects in Ohio have:
• Removed contaminated sediments and restored habitat along the Ashtabula River, creating jobs, improving water quality, and making the river suitable again for maritime commerce, fishing and recreational boating.
• Restored one mile of Big Creek in Cleveland, providing a home for fish and wildlife, curtailing flooding and reducing pollution and sediments flowing into the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie.
• Preserved 171 acres of wetland in the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge near Toledo, providing a home for wildlife, filtering nutrient runoff flowing toward Lake Erie and restoring the natural flow of water across the landscape.
The survey of 805 general election voters was conducted between June 10 and June 13.
Step Outside:
• July 21: No Child Left Indoors. Free for kids ages 6-17, 5:30 p.m., The Broken Bird Gun Club, 23251 Delaware Township 186, Forest. Contact 419-722-6771 or email meplesec@coopertire.com.
• Thursday-Friday: Trap and skeet, open to the public at 5 p.m., UCOA, 6943 Marion Township 243, Findlay.
Abrams is a retired wildlife officer supervisor for the state Division of Wildlife in Findlay. He can be reached at P.O. Box 413, Mount Blanchard, OH 45867-0413 or via e-mail at jimsfieldnotes@aol.com.

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