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Ohio Coastal Atlas Third Edition Showcases Lake Erie Resources and History

Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently released the Ohio Coastal Atlas Third Edition, a 14-by-10-inch document that illustrates and discusses many of the historical, cultural, physical and natural resources of Ohio’s Lake Erie coastal region. The 267-page Ohio Coastal Atlas is an informative and easy-to-use publication that features nearly 100 maps, descriptive text and colorful pictures. Topics covered in the 10-chapter book include the Lake Erie Watershed and hydrography; Lake Erie’s role in western expansion and settlement of northern Ohio; transportation and waterborne commerce; land use; protected lands; outdoor recreation and Lake Erie public access; ecosystems and habitat types; coastal processes; physical geography and geology; and much more.

Released by the ODNR Office of Coastal Management, the Ohio Coastal Atlas Third Edition is a fully-updated publication (Second Edition, 2007) intended to serve as an educational tool for coastal and community decision-makers, resource managers and professionals, nonprofits, educators, researchers, students, citizen scientists, residents, recreationalists and all stakeholders with a vested interest in Lake Erie and its natural resources. The atlas provides a framework for recognizing the relationships and interactions between the physical environment and human activities and actions.

Lake Erie is vitally important to Ohio. Understanding how human interactions and economic activities affect the Lake Erie environment makes it possible to build greater awareness, make informed decisions and become better coastal stewards. The concerted efforts of all who share a stake in the conservation, protection and restoration of Ohio’s Lake Erie coastal region will help ensure long-term sustainability, quality of life and economic vitality for future generations.

A limited number of books will be printed and distributed. Free copies of the Ohio Coastal Atlas Third Edition will be available to the public starting in March at more than 30 locations in the Lake Erie coastal region while supplies last. A complete list of distribution sites can be found on the ODNR Office of Coastal Management’s Ohio Coastal Atlas webpage at The full document in PDF format to download by chapter is also available now on the webpage.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website.

tags: Books & Charts, Dept of Natural Resources, Lake Erie

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