NEARLY 3,500 ACRES OF LAND TO BE PURCHASED FOR NEW STATE WILDLIFE AREA IN EASTERN OHIO New property to be known as Jockey Hollow State Wildlife Area AKRON, OH - Nearly 3,500 acres of reclaimed mined lands in Harrison and Belmont counties will become a new state wildlife area, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The property, to be known as Jockey Hollow State Wildlife Area, will more than triple ODNR’s recreational land holdings in Harrison County. The land lies within Athens and Moorefield townships in the southeastern corner of Harrison County and Flushing Township in Belmont County. Acquisition of the land was approved by the State Controlling Board on December 16. “In addition to providing more hunting and fishing opportunities, we expect this new state wildlife area will be an asset for the local economy,” said Mike Budzik, chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife. “For example, the nearby Egypt Valley State Wildlife Area represents an estimated $5 million benefit to Belmont County each year.” The property is currently owned by The Conservation Fund and will be purchased for $1.4 million. Two-thirds of the funding for the purchase will come initially from the state NatureWorks program and the balance will be paid for with Division of Wildlife funds. Recognized for its abundant recreational opportunities, the ODNR Division of Wildlife will manage the area for hunters, anglers and nature enthusiasts. The area is home to white-tailed deer, wild turkey, grouse, squirrels, rabbits and river otters. Ponds that dot Jockey Hollow offer anglers the opportunity to catch largemouth bass and a variety of panfish. The ODNR Division of Wildlife manages 120 state wildlife areas that offer hunting opportunities on more than 173,000 acres.