Becca Pollard, of Keep Wayne Wild, speaks to those in attendance about the potential costs of oil and gas activity in the Wayne National Forest during a Keep Wayne Wild community meeting Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Sardis Community Center.Those in attendance during Sunday’s Keep Wayne Wild meeting at the Sardis Community Center listen to one of the event’s speakers.

Keep Wayne Wild urges residents to be aware of what is happening

A small but vocal group attended the Keep Wayne Wild meeting Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Sardis Community Center.

Speakers included Becca Pollard and Lynn Cady of Keep Wayne Wild and Elaine Tanner, regional organizer of Ohio River Citizens’ Alliance and program director for Friends for Environmental Justice.

Congress created the United States Forest Service (USFS) in 1905 during President Theodore Roosevelt’s term.

Pollard read the USFS mission statement, which includes, “to sustain healthy, diverse, and productive forests and grasslands for present and future generations.”
Pollard suggested the leasing of the land in Wayne National Forest to oil and gas companies was completely out of sync with that mission statement and those attending the meeting nodded their heads in agreement with her.

Pollard told the small crowd that in 1934, the State of Ohio

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