95 percent of ancient Ohio was forested. But centuries ago there were also small regions of prairie. Tall grasses and wildflowers were part of the prairie ecology and so were bison. Researchers near Columbus are trying to reestablish a prairie / bison ecosystem.
Strickland Balks At Another Run For Governor
Former Governor Ted Strickland will not make another run at the office in 2014.
â€œIn many ways, this has been a very difficult decision. I look back fondly on my time as Ohioâ€™s 68th Governor â€“and am proud of my Administrationâ€™s efforts to guide our state through the greatest national economic crisis since the Great Depression,” Strickland wrote in a statement released this morning.
The former governor and congressman did not give a reason for stepping out of the race.
Strickland says he and his wife Frances will remain “politically active private citizens.”
Strickland was co-chair of President Obamaâ€™s Ohio campaign last year.
Strickland’s departure from the race leaves Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan among remaining Democratic challengers to Republican Gov. John Kasich next year.