Dodowa Forest is known for its role in the Katamanso War (Battle of Dodowa) in August 1826. A battle that happened between the Ga-Dangme (and his allies British, Fante, Akyem and others) and the Asantes. The Ga-Dangme being able to defeat the Asantes made them popular. The town is not only known for the great war but also its involvement and contribution during the slave trade. The elders will have enough history to tell you about Dodowa when you pay a visit.
Some years ago, the historical Dodowa forest served as a tourist site for learners and researchers. People visited the town periodically because of its forest reserve. As the mystery behind the forest is still unknown by many. It also served as a home for some wild lives. It harboured different kinds of animals including colourful birds, worms and snakes. Hunters often made their trails through to get some bush meats. Though it was a sacred area the hunters knew how to go about their activities. No one ever regretted visiting the forest reserve.
The Dodowa forest is under serious attack. The forest is being destroyed rapidly. The evergreen forest reserve has suffered some damages in the past. These damages were not excessive. It would have never destroyed the entire forest because it happens once in a while.
Today, we can not boast of having a historical Dodowa forest because landowners have given out the forest reserves for construction and farms. Land buyers have depleted the land for the construction of residential apartments. Others have used it as farmland. We have just a portion of the forest near the roadside left. The Dodowa forest has less than 5 tall trees now.
The current state of the Dodowa forest is not worth it. Until the Government and the District takes necessary action, there would be no history to tell. We all look forward to seeing the forest back to its normal state.