Jamie Dahl Hits the Ground Running as Forest Outreach Coordinator for Central State University

We are thrilled that Jamie Dahl was recently hired by Central State University to serve as Forest Outreach Coordinator. We are also proud to add Central State University to our growing list of partners working together to sustain the woodlands and serve the citizens of Appalachia Ohio.  Although Jamie just started in her new role in mid-July, she has already participated in several collaborative outreach and planning efforts.   Below is an excerpt from the Southeast Ohio Woodland Interest Group (SEOWIG) August 2018 Newsletter.  Welcome Jamie!

 

Jamie Dahl just started a new position as the Forest Outreach Coordinator with the Cooperative Extension and McIntire-Stennis Programs at Central State University. Jamie is co-located in the Wayne National Forest Headquarters in Nelsonville, Ohio. Jamie will be working directly with the Ohio Interagency Forestry Team. This team is focused toward improved forest health and reversing the decline of oak-hickory ecosystems in southeast Ohio.

Jamie will be working alongside Ohio State University Extension and other forestry partners to help assess and fill gaps in forestry outreach and education, with a focus on southeast Ohio. She will also help to support current programing such as: A Day in the Woods, Call Before You Cut, and 4H Forestry and Wildlife Camp. Jamie will primarily serve private landowners and youth as key audiences.

Central State University is one of the partner agencies that comprise the Ohio Interagency Forestry Team.  Member agencies include the USDA Forest Service (Northern Research Station, Wayne NF, State & Private Forestry Morgantown Field Office), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (Divisions of Forestry & Wildlife), The Ohio State University and Central State University (Cooperative Extension Programs).  The Ohio State University and Central State University are the two land-grant universities in Ohio that deliver cooperative extension programs and services. You can learn more about Central State University Extension here: http://www.centralstate.edu/academics/cse/agriculture/index10.php?num=28.

Jamie has a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management and a Master of Science in Forest Resources, Wood Procurement and Utilization, both from The Pennsylvania State University.  She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Higher Education Leadership at Colorado State University with a focus on social science within natural resources. Jamie has previous forestry and natural resources experience in Pennsylvania and Colorado. Her prior work areas include: forest management, public outreach, volunteer management, training, research, and education. She is also an active member of the Society of American Foresters.

Jamie’s contact information is:  740-753-0904 (office); (740)-279-0656 (cell); jdahl@centralstate.edu

4-H Forestry – Wildlife Conservation Camp at Canter’s Cave September 14-16

This us a great opportunity for kids to spend some time at Canter’s Cave to learn about forestry and wildlife, experience the great outdoors, and have some fun with others with similar interests.  A special thanks to the natural resources faculty and staff  at Hocking College for all of their help with this event.

Submitted August 16, 2018

Tracy Winters

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

OSU Extension Gallia County

111 Jackson Pike, Suite 1572, Gallipolis Ohio 45631

740-446-7007

winters.5@osu.edu

4-H Forestry – Wildlife Conservation Camp

Do you have a child who is interested in Wildlife Conservation or Forestry?  Maybe they just enjoy being outside and learning about nature? Or maybe they haven’t had an opportunity to explore the outdoors and all it has to offer. A weekend at 4-H Forestry – Wildlife Conservation Camp might help them decide on a career, or introduce them to college opportunities they didn’t even know exist!

Boys and girls ages 12 – 18 from across Ohio are invited to attend this unique camp held at the Elizabeth L. Evans Outdoor Education Center/Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, Ohio. The camp’s location set, in the rocky hills of Southern Ohio, allows campers to explore the beautiful sandstone gorges, visit the natural waterfalls and see the ancient hemlock that make up the forest.  While they are at the camp, they will also learn about the Native Americans who once lived in and around the numerus rock shelters that can be found on the 100+ acre property. The camp is being planned and implemented by OSU Extension professionals, partnering with staff from Hocking College, Soil and Water Conservation and Central State University. Both 4-H and non-4-H youth are invited to attend.

The camp will begin with check-in from 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM on Friday September 14th and end late morning with check-out on Sunday September 16th at 11:00 AM. The camp is an ideal setting for such a program, offering an abundance of natural resources and traditional camp activities. During the weekend camp, participants will participate in both STEM centered educational sessions focused around Wildlife Conservation and Forestry and traditional camp activities. But, this camp won’t feel the least bit like school. Participants will get to try their hand at radio telemetry, wilderness survival, tree climbing, fishing, wildlife and tree identification, hunting and trapping techniques, boating and even some shooting sports activities.  During each session there are lots of hands-on activities and the opportunity to learn about careers in Natural Resources, Forestry, Wildlife and Environmental Science.

In addition to all the sessions, participants will get to try some outdoor cooking, see a sawmill and tree felling demonstration, enjoy a campfire and take part in some traditional 4-H evening recreation.

The fee to participate in 4-H Forestry- Wildlife Conservation Camp is only $35 for the first 40 campers that get registered, thanks to a grant from the Ohio 4-H Foundation.  Once those spots have been filled the price will be $77.00. Only the first 90 registrants will be accepted, and all registrations are due by September 7th or until space limit is met. An event flyer/registration is available on the web at http://gallia.osu.edu. For more information, contact Tracy Winters Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, OSU Extension Gallia County via phone at 740-446-7007 or email at winters.5@osu.edu.

4-H Forestry Wildlife Conservation Camp is sponsored in part by a grant from the Ohio 4-H Foundation. Camp is open to all youth ages 12-18, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability. Youth do not have to be currently enrolled in the county’s 4-H program to participate. Campers are accepted in the order that registrations are received.

Timber Harvesting –Things to Consider’ offered at Zaleski State Forest (ODNR Complex) on September 14

Properly restored logging skid trail

In addition to providing much needed income, a timber harvest is a tool that you can utilize to help you achieve a wide range of goals from improving forest health to enhancing wildlife habitat.   However, without proper planning and implementation, harvests can have long-term negative consequences for your woodland and for your family’s ability to earn a sustainable income from your property in the future.

Timber Harvesting-Things to Consider, a program designed to help you make informed decisions about harvesting timber, will take place at the Zaleski – ODNR Complex on September 14.  If you are thinking about selling timber in the future, consider attending this workshop where you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to make sure that your timber harvest is compatible with your goals
  • Obtain information on how to market and sell your timber to ensure that you receive a competitive price
  • Understand where to get help with planning and implementation of your timber harvest.
  • Visit properly planned and implemented timber harvests at Zaleski State Forest
  • Learn about Call Before You Cut (1-877-424-8288 or http://callB4Ucut.com) and other available resources

The program starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:30 PM.   A registration fee of $12 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 apsley.1@osu.edu by September 10. The Zaleski ODNR Complex is located at 29371 Wheelabout Road, McArthur, Ohio 45651.

Directions to Zaleski ODNR complex: ZaleskiDrivingMapRevised4-13-15PDF-26r6cke

Parking information and Aerial image of Zaleski- ODNR complex: Zaleski ODNR Complex Aerial (002)-1fe4042

“A DAY in the WOODS” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest.  The principal partners in this effort include 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, The Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

Since 2012, “A DAY in the WOODS” has offered 56 programs with more than 2,000 participants attending. More than 100 natural resources professionals have delivered these programs to woodland owners and enthusiast just like you.  Be sure to mark your 2018 calendar so you are sure not to miss any of these great opportunities to spend A DAY in the WOODS:

  • Timber Harvesting Things to Consider, September 14, Zaleski State Forest – ODNR Complex
  • Fall Treasures in Your Woodland-Fungi, Lichens and More, October 12 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Woodland Wildlife Habit, November 9 – Vinton Furnace State Forest

2018 A DAY in the WOODS-2nd Friday Brochure: A DAY in THE WOODS 2018 Brochure – Low Res-wyeaef

 

FAMILY DAY in the WOODS scheduled for August 18 at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

Belgium Coke Ovens near the Vinton Furnace

Belgium Coke Ovens on the Vinton Furnace State Forest near the Iron Furnace

Would you enjoy a DAY in the WOODS exploring and learning with your family?

Are you looking for a way to get your kids outdoors and away from their electronic devices?

Have you ever wondered what goes on at the Vinton Furnace State (Experimental) Forest?

 

Join us at the Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur on Saturday, August 18 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) for a fun and educational FAMILY DAY in the WOODS.  The day will include wagon rides and nature walks through the forest, a visit to the iron furnace and Belgium coke ovens, wildfire prevention activities with Smokey Bear and a portable sawmill demonstration.  Additionally, many natural resources professionals (foresters, wildlife biologists, ecologists, archaeologists, and research scientists) will be on hand to lead the activities designed to give kids (grades K-6) the opportunity to explore:

 

  • A variety of wildlife that live in the woods from cerulean warblers to golden eagles and from wood frogs to timber rattlers.
  • People from the past from the native American mound builders to the European settlers who farmed and worked the Vinton Furnace that produced iron in the late 1800’s
  • Insects including prairie and forest pollinators
  • A wide assortment of trees and their contribution to the ecology and economy of the region

The program starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM.   The program is free of charge. However,  to facilitate planning and food preparation we are asking you to please RSVP by calling the OSU Extension office in  Vinton County at 740-596-5212, or emailing Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu by August 15.

Lunch, snacks and other refreshments will be available for purchase from a local Vinton County 4-H club, or if you choose feel free to pack a lunch and bring your own drinks.

Note: The Vinton Furnace State Forest training center is well off of the beaten path.  There is no reliable mailing address to use with your GPS so be sure to follow these directions (Directions – Experimental Forest).  Have no fear we will have green and yellow signs posted along the 5 or so miles of gravel roads that lead you to a fun filled, educational day.

 

“A DAY in the WOODS” is sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest.  The principal partners in this effort include 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, The Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

Since 2012, “A DAY in the WOODS” has offered 54 programs with more than 2,000 participants attending. More than 100 natural resources professionals have presented these programs to woodland owners and enthusiast just like you.  Be sure to mark your 2018 calendar so you are sure not to miss any of these great opportunities to spend A DAY in the WOODS (A DAY in THE WOODS 2018 Brochure – Low Res-wyeaef)

  • Woodland Stewardship Opportunities, August 10-Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Timber Harvesting Things to Consider, September 14, Zaleski State Forest – CCC Camp
  • Fall Treasures in Your Woodland-Fungi, Lichens and More, October 12 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Woodland Wildlife habit, November 9 – Vinton Furnace State Forest

Woodland Stewardship Opportunities at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on August 10

Families, just like yours, own three-quarters of the 8.1 million acres of woodlands in Ohio.  Yet folks do not know where to turn for advice and assistance when they need it.  The program “Woodland Stewardship Opportunities” will cover a wide range of topics that will help woodland owners to care for the woodlands on their property.  Foresters, wildlife biologists and other natural resources professionals from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and Ohio State University Extension will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate:

  • Techniques that you can use to improve your woodland for wildlife, timber income, recreation or whatever benefits that you hope to realize from your property
  • Strategies for dealing with those pesky invasive plants and insects on your property
  • Tools that you can use to encourage oaks on your property
  • The many resources (people, agencies and programs) available to answer your questions and help you accomplish the goals that you have for your woodlands

The program starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:30 PM.   A registration fee of $12 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 apsley.1@osu.edu by August 6.

Directions – Experimental Forest

A DAY in THE WOODS 2018 Brochure – Low Res-wyeaef

“A DAY in the WOODS” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest.  The principal partners in this effort include 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, The Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

Since 2012, “A DAY in the WOODS” has offered 54 programs with more than 2,000 participants attending. More than 100 natural resources professionals have delivered these programs to woodland owners and enthusiast just like you.  Be sure to mark your 2018 calendar so you are sure not to miss any of these great opportunities to spend A DAY in the WOODS:

  • Family DAY in the WOODS, August 18 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Timber Harvesting Things to Consider, September 14, Zaleski State Forest – CCC Camp
  • Fall Treasures in Your Woodland-Fungi, Lichens and More, October 12 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Woodland Wildlife habit, November 9 – Vinton Furnace State Forest

 

Tree Talk focuses in on Tree Identification….

I was fortunate enough to spend a considerable amount of my time week last week on my favorite subject … Tree identification (a.k.a. dendrology).  We recorded this Tree Talk segment on Thursday (7-12) , and the focus of our  “DAY in the WOODS” program at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday (7-13) was tree identification.

Thanks to Duane Rigsby, Sarah Swanson and Pat Dengel for your patience and for improvising  with the camera.

To purchase Leaf Identification Key to Eighty-Eight Ohio Trees: https://extensionpubs.osu.edu/leaf-identification-key-to-eighty-eight-ohio-trees/

For a PDF version: https://woodlandstewards.osu.edu/sites/woodlands/files/d6/files/pubfiles/b899-leaf%20key.pdf

 

A DAY in the WOODS – 2nd Friday Series program on Summer Tree Identification offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on July 13

One of the first steps to improving your woodland is to learn the species of trees that grow there. With dozens of tree species on the typical woodland property in Appalachian Ohio, this can be a formidable task.  The program “Identifying the Trees in Your Woods” will introduce you a simple leaf key to guide you through the process. We will begin by identifying a wide assortment of tree samples in the classroom.  Later you will have the opportunity to explore the woodlands at the Vinton Furnace State Forest with foresters to reinforce your leaf identification skills.  You will also begin to use other characteristics, such as bark, branching, tree shape, and location to help you to identify trees at any time of the year.

The program starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:30 PM.   A registration fee of $12 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 apsley.1@osu.edu by July 9.

Click here to download our 2018 Brochure: A DAY in THE WOODS 2018 Brochure – Low Res-wyeaef

Directions to Vinton Furnace State Forest:Directions – Experimental Forest

“A DAY in the WOOD” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest.  The principal partners in this effort include 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, The Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

Since 2012, “A DAY in the WOODS” has offered 53 programs with more than 2,000 participants attending. More than 100 natural resources professionals have presented these programs to woodland owners and enthusiast just like you.  Be sure to mark your 2018 calendar so you are sure not to miss any of these great opportunities to spend A DAY in the WOODS:

  • Tree and Shrub Identification, July 13Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Woodland Stewardship Opportunities, August 10 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Family DAY in the WOODS, August 18 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Timber Harvesting Things to Consider, September 14, Zaleski State Forest – CCC Camp
  • Fall Treasures in Your Woodland-Fungi, Lichens and More, October 12 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Woodland Wildlife habit, November 9 – Vinton Furnace State Forest

Breeding Bird Program offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on June 8

Yellow-breasted chat at our 2017 Breeding Bird Program

Spring is a busy time in the woods, and some of the most active and colorful inhabitants are the multitude of breeding birds. These species have impressive life histories, and they utilize every nook and cranny of our woodlands in southeastern Ohio. Join us on June 8 at the Vinton Furnace State forest near McArthur for an opportunity to learn about this diverse assemblage of feathered creatures.  Program attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Observe a variety of forest birds by sight and song
  • Experience mist netting and understand the important information gained with birds in-hand
  • Learn about ongoing research on the important role that birds have in our oak forests; from blue jays assisting with oak regeneration to forest birds serving as important indicators of forest health and succession conditions.
  • Explore many other fascinating aspects of bird community interactions from nest predation to the unique aspects of nocturnal Eastern Whip-poor-wills.
  • Spend a day in the woods with experienced birders
  • Understand the habitat requirements of many woodland birds

Featured presenters include Kelly Williams, Ohio University; Laura Kearns, ODNR-Division of Wildlife, Mark Wiley ODNR-Division of Wildlife, Katrina Schultes, USDA Forest Service – Wayne National Forest, Bryce Adams, The Ohio State University and Stephen Matthews, The Ohio State University.

The program starts at 8:00 AM (earlier than usual to enhance bird view opportunities) and ends at 3:00 PM.   A registration fee of $12 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 apsley.1@osu.edu by June 4th.

“A DAY in the WOOD” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest.  The principal partners in this effort include 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, The Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

A DAY in THE WOODS 2018 Brochure – Low Res-wyeaef

Directions – Experimental Forest

 

 

 

Presentation and Handout’s from Rebecca Wood’s 5-11-2018 Presentation on Medicinal and Edible plants

Rebecca Wood (right)-Hopewood Holistic Health sharing her knowledge about the bounties of the forest.

Here are some resources that Rebecca Wood asked me to share with you.

Rebecca’s web page: http://hopewoodholistichealth.org/

Link to Rebecca Wood’s PowerPoint: Rebecca Wood Nature’s Garden 5-11-18-21vaop3

Familiar Herbs for Beginners: 9-Familiar-Herbs-for-Beginners-Ebook-Herbal-Academy-1x77afo

How to make Salves and Teas:how-to-make-salves-and-teas-2ei26ne

Wild Edibles Crossword Puzzle:wild-edibles-crossword-puzzle-1uotnim