|Recreation restricted at Ohio forest amid drilling|
|Written by Associated Press|
|Sunday, 12 May 2013 05:57|
NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Recreational activities are being restricted at Wayne National Forest as oil and gas drilling proceeds and coal mining is explored at the southeastern Ohio park.
A spokesman says an order signed April 30 is intended to protect both the park's natural resources and visitors.
The prohibitions affect campfires, off-highway vehicle operation, camping, hunting, boating and other activities.
Rules limit campers to staying 14 days within any 30-day period and prohibit mass camping involving more than eight people and three camping units at a site. New restrictions also apply to alcohol, drugs, public nudity and fireworks.
A complete list is available at the park's website.
A public comment period is under way on proposed coal mining at the park. Shale drilling began there last year.
Wayne National Forest: www.fs.usda.gov/wayne
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
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