Public and private development and management decisions can result in degradation and losses of Ohio`s biological diversity. Sometimes these losses occur because of a lack of knowledge about the many opportunities that exist to promote conservation and restoration activities. Many individuals, companies, institutions, and government agencies could contribute substantially to protecting biological diversity if they recognized its economic value and social benefits.
This publication identifies Ohio laws, policies, and institutions that affect the states biological diversity. Understanding these mechanisms can give individuals the tools they need to conserve and restore the rich biological diversity that is part of the state`s unique natural heritage.