General Restrictions

  • The forest is open from dawn to dusk.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times. Collect and deposit animal waste in proper disposal receptacles.
  • Hunting, trapping or fishing is not permitted.
  • Alcoholic beverages and drug use are not permitted.
  • Motorized vehicles, four-wheelers, and motorcycles are not permitted.
  • Bluebell Trail is open to automobiles during bluebell spring flowering, conditions permitting.
  • As the forest is maintained in a natural state, any user should exercise utmost caution and remain on the designated paths and within designated areas.

Use of Facilities

Picnic areas are normally used on a first-come basis. We recommend that you reserve the Zedaker Pavilion, Shelter House or Bremner Shelter for use by calling Village Hall at (330) 757-2112. Build fires only in fireplaces provided and extinguish before leaving. Help keep these areas clean by removing leftover food and material and place in trash containers.

Citizen Volunteers

The Forest Board welcomes and needs volunteers to help complete and maintain projects in the forest. Permit & Waiver forms for scheduling work are required. If you wish to help, please contact the Forest Board Chairperson at (330) 757-2112.

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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.