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Grand River Wildlife Area to increase recreational opportunities in Trumbull County

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State Senator Sean J. O'Brien (D-Bazetta), the Co-Chair of the Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus (OLTC), praised the Ohio Controlling Board's recent approval of funds to expand the Grand River Wildlife Area in Trumbull County.

"As co-chair of the OLTC, I am encouraged when our state invests in Ohio's environmental recreation areas, but especially so when those funds go to benefit my district," said Senator O'Brien. "The purchase of this land will go a long way toward improving a natural area that is so important to our region."

On Monday, the Ohio Department of Resources (ODNR) received Controlling Board approval to purchase 57.5 acres of land adjacent to the wildlife area in West Farmington.

The acreage will provide additional access for sportsmen and women to pursue hunting, trapping and other recreational activities.

Additionally, according to documentation about the purchase, the land is close to a heavily used shooting range and will help reduce noise from the range.

"I, along with my fellow members of the OLTC, very much look forward to continuing to work with ODNR on similar initiatives to improve and preserve natural areas throughout the Buckeye State so that Ohioans can continue to reap the many benefits provided by outdoor recreation," said O'Brien. 

The Grand River Wildlife Area, established in 1956, provides a local venue for public hunting and fishing, hiking and bird watching.

Including the land to be purchased, the protected area will soon total more than 350 acres.

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