Introduction: Local and regional interest groups, working in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), reviewed and revised the policies and procedures to transfer or sell ODNR's canal lands. The revised policy adds historical, environmental, recreation and economic development considerations pertaining to a particular canal parcel and its surroundings prior to a decision being made.
Purpose: To set forth guidelines for the leasing, licensing, granting of easements and sale or transfer of Canal Lands by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Mission Statement: To protect and conserve the recreational, ecological and historical values of the canal corridors in Ohio, and promote economic development opportunities through the wise use of these resources.
Authority: The Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources retains "exclusive authority to administer, manage and establish policies governing Canal Lands" (Section 1520.02 of the Ohio Revised Code), "except those canals that are operated by the Ohio Historical Society (OHS) on July 1, 1989" (Section 1520.03 of the Ohio Revised Code).