COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 30, 2021 – Ohio Department of Natural Resources inducted Terry Cosby, Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, into the Division of Forestry’s Forest of Honor (FOH). Chief Cosby was formally recognized in a ceremony on Sept. 29 at Zaleski State Forest for his efforts supporting forestry in Ohio.
“Receiving this recognition is truly an honor,” said Chief Cosby. “Having strong partnerships like ODNR remains critical for the vitality of Ohio’s woodlands and natural resources. As Chief, I have been able to share and expand on many of the ideas developed in Ohio that promote forestry conservation, climate smart agriculture, water quality, and wildlife habitat. Working collaboratively is how we will succeed in our common goal to protect natural resources.”
Chief Cosby led efforts to establish Ohio as the first state in the nation to use Environmental Quality Incentive Program funds for forest management practices. The expansion of EQIP funding to include the forest land use has allowed woodland owners to implement management practices designed to meet resource concerns and address forest health issues. He also played a key role creating and on-boarding a new Ohio Interagency Forestry Leadership Team with other federal agencies, ODNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife and local partners. The Interagency Forestry Team continues to pull together agencies to provide coordinated outreach and assistance to the southeastern Ohio oak management area.
ODNR also presented Chief Cosby with the Cardinal Award. The Cardinal Award honors individuals and organizations that demonstrate exceptional awareness and concern for ideals reflected in ODNR's mission statement: to ensure a balance between the wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all.
ODNR DOF hosted a tree planting ceremony to commemorate inductee’s efforts towards forestry sustainability and conservation. Other 2021 inductees included Dean Berry, the Honorable David Joyce, and the Honorable Marcy Kaptur. Their combined support significantly contributed to the accomplishment of the DOF’s mission, and advancement of forestry in Ohio.