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Four New ODNR Natural Resources Officers on the Job

Officers took the Oath of Office during March 14th ceremony. 

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has four more Natural Resources Officers patrolling state parks, nature preserves, and forests.  The group was sworn in on Tuesday by ODNR Director Mary Mertz.

“Natural Resources Officers have the responsibility and privilege of protecting some of our most precious natural areas,” Director Mertz said.  “I am excited to watch this new group of officers engage with visitors and ensure they have a safe, enjoyable stay at one of our properties.”

Natural Resources Officers are responsible for enforcing laws, education, and emergency response in various state parks, forests, waterways, and other natural areas.  Officers also assist in emergency response during floods, natural disaster, search and rescue, and recovery situations.  

“Natural Resources Officers patrol Ohio’s state parks, forests, preserves, and waterways, keeping them safe for all to enjoy," ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft Chief Glen Cobb said. “These new officers are dedicating themselves to a career of public service, and for that we are thankful and proud.” 

The new officers will continue their training by working closely with experienced officers in their assignment areas for the next several months. The new Natural Resource Officers’ county of residence and ODNR assignment follows.  

  • Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve
    • Leah Nairn (Licking County)
  • Buck Creek State Park 
    • Zachary Joseph (Clark County)
  • Lake Loramie State Park 
    • Adam McCaulla (Shelby County)
  • Mosquito Lake State Park 
    • Richard A. Borsh (Lake County)

The officers received their basic Peace Officer training at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy and graduated on January 20.  They also completed an additional four weeks of specialized training related to ODNR operations. In addition to law enforcement procedures and agency policies, the cadets received training in areas of ATV use, communications, vessel operation, advanced firearms, and self-defense. 

To learn more about Natural Resources Officers and the training involved click here.

The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft provides exceptional outdoor recreation and boating opportunities by balancing outstanding customer service, education, and conservation of Ohio’s 75 state parks and waterways. 

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