Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife officials are inviting the general public to annual open houses being held around the state on Sunday, March 1.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife officials are inviting the general public to annual open houses being held around the state on Sunday, March 1.

All of the gatherings will run from noon until 3 p.m.

The open house for central Ohio will be at Wildlife District One Office, 1500 Dublin Road in Columbus. Others will be held in Akron, Athens, Findlay and Xenia.

"Anyone interested in providing input and participating in Ohio's professional wildlife management process is welcome," ODNR Division of Wildlife chief David M. Graham was quoted as saying in the announcement.

Graham added that fish and wildlife biologists, along with law enforcement officers, will be on hand to answer questions.

Public input gathered at these open houses will be forwarded to the division's central office in Columbus. It will be considered during the formulation of 2009-10 fishing, hunting and trapping regulations.

For more information or directions, call 1-800-945-3543.

Proposals and directions can be seen at wildohio.com.

A statewide hearing on all proposed rules will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, at the wildlife division's District One Office.

After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed rules during its April 1 meeting.