The chief of natural areas and preserves shall adopt and may amend or repeal rules, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, restricting the taking, possessing, transportation, sale, offering for sale, or exposure for sale, for commercial purposes of native Ohio species of wild plants or parts of them, that are listed as endangered or threatened by rule adopted under section 1518.01 of the Revised Code. The rules may prohibit the taking of any endangered or threatened plant, or parts of it, for commercial purposes, from any wood lot, field, or forest, or from any other location in which that plant is found growing in its native habitat. This section does not prevent any nurseryperson or dealer who is licensed under Chapter 927. of the Revised Code from selling, offering for sale, shipping, or otherwise disposing of any endangered or threatened plants or parts of them when those plants have been commercially grown by a licensed nursery or legally imported into this state. For the purposes of this section, “commercial purposes” means with intent to sell or trade endangered or threatened plants for gain or profit. “Commercially grown” means to grow plants under cultivation in tilled plots or in a greenhouse...
Citation: R.C. § 1518.03.
(A) No person shall violate a rule adopted or condition of a permit issued under section 1518.03 of the Revised Code.
(B) The attorney general, upon the request of the chief of the division of natural areas and preserves, shall prosecute any person who violates section 1518.02 of the Revised Code or this section.
Citation: R.C. § 1518.05.
...Information regarding sensitive site locations of species that are listed pursuant to section 1518.01 of the Revised Code and of unique natural features that are included in the Ohio natural heritage database is not subject to section 149.43 of the Revised Code if the chief determines that the release of the information could be detrimental to the conservation of a species or unique natural feature.
Citation: R.C. § 1531.04.
(A) Whoever violates section 1518.02 of the Revised Code is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
(B) Whoever violates section 1518.05 of the Revised Code shall be fined not less than one thousand dollars nor more than five thousand dollars for the first offense; for each subsequent offense the person shall be fined not less than two thousand dollars nor more than ten thousand dollars.
Citation: R.C. § 1518.99.