More opportunities for woodland owners to to learn about songbird and game bird management..

OSU Extension is partnering with the Appalachian Mountain Joint Venture, the Wayne National Forest, ODNR Divisions of Wildlife and Forestry, and the National Wild Turkey Federation to bring you three opportunities to learn about bird management.  An evening introductory program will be offered in Ironton and Athens on April 25 and 26,  respectively.  This will be followed by a longer session that will include field visits on June 24.  More details about the June program will be posted here soon.

Click here for a brochure for the April programs:  AMJV_USFS OH Management Workshop Flyer_EveningWorkshops (2) [Read-Only]-vca7z1

Sky Dance -American Woodcock Program Offered March 17th

Ricky Layson, Ricky Layson Photography,

Join us on March 17 near Coalton, OH to experience the timberdoodle (a.k.a. American woodcock).  This odd and amazing bird appears each spring to perform it’s mating ritual the Sky Dance.   Aldo Leopold dubbed it the  Sky Dance in his Sand County Almanac essay.

Learn about the life-history of this amazing bird from wildlife biologists from the National Wild Turkey Federation and the ODNR-Division of Wildlife.   Take a leisurely walk and visit the habitats that the timberdoodle frequents.    Enjoy and the Sky Dance as the sun sets and the timberdoodle takes the stage (assuming  the weather and the birds cooperate).

When:  March 17, 2017- 6:30 PM to approximately 9 PM

Where:  19704 State Route 93, Wellston, OH 45692 (located 1.25 north of the intersection of US 35 and State Route 93).

Link to Location Map

Due to parking limitations and to enhance the experience space is limited to the first 20 registrants.

To register: email or call 740-596-5212 by March 13th.




A Day in the Woods Tentative Program Schedule for 2017

This is just around the corner! Yellow buckeye breaking bud

It is hard to believe 2017 will mark the 6th year of programing for A DAY in the WOODS.  Since 2012 A DAY in the WOODS has delivered 40 programs, with more than 75 natural resources professionals presenting to more than 1,600 attendees.  Thanks so much for all of the partners and all of you who have supported A DAY in the WOODS in so many ways.

We are still working on the details and hope to have a brochure ready to distribute in the coming weeks, but this is what we’ve got planned for 2017.

2017 A DAY in the WOODS- TENTATIVE Schedule

March 17th – BONUS – Sky Dance- American Woodcock; Evening program starting at  6:30 PM, Space limited, No Registration Fee; Jackson County Ohio  near Coalton

April 14th – BONUS – Wild Culinary and Propagation Adventures; 9 am-3:30 PM; Sponsored by United Plant Savers, Hopewood Holistic Health, Rural Action and Ohio State University.  A Registration Fee $20 will be handled by UpS; Meigs County Ohio near Rutland

May 12th  Spring Night Creatures; 6:30 PM to 10 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

June 9th  – Breeding Birds; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

July 14th – Crawley Creatures in Your Woods (Insects/ Arachnids: good, bad & ugly) ; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

July 28th -BONUS – Summer Tree Identification.  9 AM – 3:30 PM; Hocking College School of Natural Resources. Registration fee $10.

August 11th– Improving habitat to Attract Game Wildlife Species; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

September 8th – Tips, Tools and Techniques to Improve Your Woods; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

October 13t – White Oak- Importance, Ecology and Management; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

October 27th -BONUS – From Trees to Lumber; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Hocking College School of Natural Resources. Registration fee $10.

November 17th – Winter Tree & Shrub Identification; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

November 17th  -Evening BONUS – Stargazing; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. 5:30 to  PM to 9:30 PM; Registration Fee $10.










ForestConnect Webinar: The Future of Oak is in Your Hands-Power point and selected references

Click here for copy of the powerpointt Slides  from the 1-18-2017 Forest Connect Webinar: Forest Connect – Oaks final [Compatibility Mode]-10l5bjj

Oak Forest Ecosystems-Ecology and  Management for Wildlife;  Edited by W.J. McShea and W.M. Healy; 2002; The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore MD; ISBN 0-8018-6745-2

Prescribing Regeneration Treatments for Mixed-Oak Forests in the Mid-Atlantic Region; P.H. Brose et. al.  20o8; USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station; GT-NRS-33

Ohio Forests 2011. 2014. R.H Widmann et. al.; USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station; NRS-90

Characteristics of Mixed-Oak Forest Ecosystems in Southern Ohio Prior to the Reintroduction of Fire. Edited by E.K. Sutherland and T.H. Hutchinson. 2003. USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station; NE-299

Why Care about Oaks?; 2016. D.K. Apsley. Ohio Woodland Journal. Vol. 23 (4); Pages: 30-31. Why Care about Oaks OWJ Fall 2016-1sgmt59

White-tailed deer herbivory on forest regeneration following prescribed fire and thinning treatments in southern Ohio mixed oak forests. Apsley, K., & McCarthy, B. C.  14th Central Hardwoods Forest Conference. Edited by D. Yaussy, D.M. Hix, P.C Goebel, & R.P. Long, Newtown Square, PA, USDA FS. ( 2004 ): 61-69.

Opportunity to learn more about oaks on January 18, 2017—-The Future of Oak is in Our Hands!

propagaton-2I will be presenting an oak focused webinar next week (Jan 18-noon and 7 PM) via Cornell’s ForestConnect series.  This webinar series is targeted at woodland owners and others interested in private forest lands management.

Although the official title is “Oak Regeneration” my working title is “The Future of Oak is in Our Hands”.  See below for more detail on topics to be covered and information on how to connect.


Oak Forest Regeneration.  Dave Apsley, Ohio State University

Wednesday January 18, 2017

Presentations at 12:00 to 1:00 PM and again at 7:00 to 8:00 PM (webinars may run long with questions)

Oaks are the dominate species in much of the central hardwood region of the eastern US. They are also important components of northern hardwood and Appalachian hardwood forests.  Throughout the eastern US oaks are not only pivotal as a timber species and hard mast for wildlife, but they also provide important aesthetic attributes and most importantly stability to ecological communities.  As with many hardwoods, oaks are experiencing regeneration complications and failures.  This webinar will explore the ecological and economic importance of oak, establish the basis for the challenges of oak regeneration, factors that have contributed to regeneration decline, and steps that can be taken.  Collaborative efforts to ensure the continued prominence of oak in Ohio will be discussed as a case study with opportunity in other locations.  Presented by Dave Apsley, Natural Resources Specialist, The Ohio State University.




  1. Read all these instructions.
  2. You need to register for each monthly webinar.  There is unlimited space for participants, the ID simply provides you the necessary access.  Obtain your registration ID via:   If prompted for a password use “Cornell”.
  3. The registration page prompts you for CEU credits.
  4. After registration you will receive the link to the webinar and a password. The registration can be used for either/both the noon or 7PM presentation. It should go without saying that you should retain that email.
  5. The registration email provides the link you will use the day of the webinar, and can be used at either time.


You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Jan 18, 2017 12:00 PM (GMT-5:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: ForestConnect – Oak Forest Regeneration


Please register through the following link:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

“Identifying Trees in Winter” program offered at the Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp on Friday, November 18

Large, standing dead, American chestnut at Canter's Cave 4-H camp

Large, standing dead, American chestnut at Canter’s Cave 4-H camp

Fall is in the air, and many of the trees in Southeastern Ohio have already shed their leaves.  This makes tree identification more difficult, but there are still many clues that you can use to identify trees in their leafless state. “Identifying Trees in Winter”, an educational program designed to provide you with the knowledge to differentiate among the variety of trees on your property in the coming winter months, will be offered at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp near Jackson on Friday, November 18 from 9 am to 3:30 pm.  Participants in this program will:

  • Develop an “eye” for bark and tree shape to aid in winter tree identification
  • Learn to use bud and twig characteristics to identify trees
  • Become familiar with tree fruits like acorns and other clues that can be found on the ground
  • Spend the afternoon in the woods exploring the wide variety of trees that can be found at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, including the rare bigleaf magnolia, ancient eastern hemlocks, yellow birch and even a massive, standing-dead American chestnut.

“Identifying Trees in Winter” is part of the A Day in the Woods-2nd Friday Series which runs from May through November and is 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.

For brochures and more information, visit A registration fee of $10 will include meal and program materials. To help prepare materials and plan for meals, please RSVP no later than Monday, November 14 by returning a registration form, calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at apsley.1@osu.eduCanter’s Cave 4-H Camp is located at 1362 Cave’s Road, Jackson, OH  45640.

2016 DAY in the WOODS Brochure-Final


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