MAUMEE STATE FOREST
The Maumee State Forest Progeny Test Site is an area set aside for the purpose of evaluating genetic selections for superior characteristics. The superior trees will then be grafted into orchards where their seed will be collected and grown in the state tree nurseries. These improved seedlings will then be sold to Ohioans for reforestation purposes. The Maumee State Forest Windbreak Arboretum was established in 1990. This area is set aside for the purpose of evaluating tree and shrub species for their suitability for use in windbreaks. A variety of management and cultural techniques relative to windbreaks is also demonstrated at this site. The Oak Openings Metropark lying northeast of Maumee State Forest has picnic areas and other day-use facilities.
Maumee State Forest is located in northwestern Ohio, covering an area of about 2,900 acres. It was established in 1936 with the goal of reforesting the land to improve soil conservation and water quality in the nearby Maumee River watershed.
Historically, the land that now comprises Maumee State Forest was heavily impacted by human activities. The original forest cover was heavily logged for timber, and as a result, the area experienced severe soil erosion and degradation. To combat this issue, the state of Ohio initiated reforestation efforts, primarily by planting pine and hardwood trees.
In the early years of the forest's establishment, a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp was established within the forest to carry out reforestation projects and develop forest infrastructure. The CCC workers constructed roads, fire lanes, and trails, as well as planted trees to restore the forested landscape.
Over time, Maumee State Forest has evolved into a multi-use forest that serves various roles. It provides recreational opportunities for visitors, including hiking, camping, hunting, and birdwatching. The forest is also actively managed for timber production, with sustainable logging practices in place.
In recent years, the forest has also become increasingly important for its role in water quality protection within the Maumee River watershed. The Maumee River is the largest tributary of Lake Erie and is known for its agricultural runoff, which contributes to harmful algal blooms in the lake. The trees in Maumee State Forest help to filter and absorb nutrients and sediments, ultimately improving water quality in the region.
Maumee State Forest continues to be a valuable resource for both wildlife and people. It showcases the ongoing efforts of reforestation and land conservation, providing a diverse habitat for numerous plant and animal species.
Day-UseHiking Trail, miles5
Bridle Trails, miles15