According to the Division of Forestry, Ohio’s population of Oak trees has been in decline over the past number of years. The Oak tree is important for the state for several reasons. Firstly, the Oak is an important member of ecosystems in Ohio. Secondly, a multi-billion-dollar wood industry is reliant on good Oak. Researchers from the site have played a significant role in restoring the Oak tree numbers in the area.
Vinton Furnace State Forest boasts a rich and wide array of wildlife. According to Ohio’s Division of Forestry the area has been subject of scholarly research articles due to it’s rich environment. The site has the largest population of bobcats in the state. Due to the fact that the forest has taken part in numerous ecological experiments, it has a very diverse environment; which has brought a number of wild turkeys.