About the Forest

Nestled in a suburban environment, the forest offers a quiet respite to all visitors. From the first founding land gift in 1916 from Judge Rose of the Poland Manor Community Co. consisting of 50 acres along the lowlands and known as the Poland Manor Park, to Mrs. Butlers’ 1931 land gift of 150 acres of primarily pasture and tillable land, to more recent acquisitions, the goal has been to develop, maintain and preserve the forest in its natural state so far as possible and as a recreational/educational asset for the community. The forest was officially created by Village Council ordinance on 1938 combining old growth wet lands along Yellow Creek with the pastures and tillable land to the north and west. The forest you now see was created by the first Forest Board through harvesting of timber and using proceeds to plant thousands of native trees, laying out trails, and building infrastructure for public use.

Board Members

James Brammer, Tree Commissioner
Bob Elias
Sam Moffie, Council
Ian Renne
B. J. Sulka
Mark Thompson
Elinor Zedaker, Chair
Ohio State Forester

Meeting Schedule

The Forest Board meets at 7:00pm on the 4th Tuesday of the Month at Poland Village Hall. Public welcome.

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Additional Note

Statement on Mauthe Bridge Preconstruction Meeting 1/21/2020

The Council and Mayor of the Village of Poland are pleased to announce the awarding of the Mauthe Bridge rehabilitation project to Murphy Contracting of Youngstown, Ohio. Following the acceptance of Murphy’s bid in November 2019, the Bridge Oversight Committee, chaired by Councilman Sam Moffie, met with stakeholders at the preconstruction meeting on Monday, January 20 2020.

Construction is scheduled to commence on March 16, 2020 and will continue for a period of not more than sixty days. Those using the Poland Municipal Forest during that timespan should keep clear of the construction area. Given the need of heavy equipment for portions of the rehabilitation, those using the Forest should also expect temporary trail closures in the immediate area of the Bridge. Information related to the construction and closure will be posted on the Village website and that of the Forest Board as well as in writing at the kiosks near the Forest entrances and at Village Hall.

The Poland Forest Foundation is still actively seeking donations for this project and donations are tax deductible.