Ever since the first humans set foot in Ohio more than 10,000 years ago, human and wildlife populations have been interconnected. This relationship changed considerably after settlement and expansion of Europeans in the 1800’s and early 1900’s and resulted in several species being completely eliminated from the state. Now many of these species are on the rebound, but new threats to these and other species are rising. Join us at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on September 9 to learn about the fascinating relationships between human and wildlife populations. Program attendees will have the opportunity to:
- Explore historic trends in both wildlife and human populations in Ohio
- Understand the influence of past land-use on forest succession and wildlife habitat
- Understand the effects of hunting and trapping on wildlife populations
- Learn about factors like invasive species and diseases that can influence wildlife
Featured presenters include Gabe Karns, Researcher with the Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Laboratory at the Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources; Jennifer Finfera, Wildlife Biologist, United States Fish and Wildlife Service; and Lee Crocker, Regional Biologist, National Wild Turkey Federation.
“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” programs run from May through November and are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.
This program will take place from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur. A registration fee of $10 will cover the cost of lunch and program materials. Please RSVP by calling OSU Extension Vinton County at 740-596-5212, or email Dave Apsley at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 5.