Opportunities to learn about Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) in Hocking and Jackson Counties

Ohio Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Infested Counties as of March 2018

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) was first discovered in Ohio in 2012.  Since then it has been found at several locations including the Hocking Hills State Park in Hocking County and  Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve in Jackson County.  This nonnative invasive pest has the potential to cause widespread mortality in Ohio’s hemlock forests.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (Divisions of Forestry, Parks, and Natural Areas and Preserves), The Nature Conservancy, Ohio State University Extension, the Hocking Hills Conservation Association and others have joined forces to bring to offer an educational program “Hemlock Woolly Adelgid-A pest threatening Ohio’s Hemlocks at two locations in April:

April 5, 2018

Camp Oty’ Okwa  –  Hocking County

Directions to Camp Oty’Okwa

Download Flyer Hocking County

Flyer Camp Oty’Okwa

April 10, 2018

Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp/The Elizabeth L. Evans Outdoor Education Center – Jackson County
Directions to Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp

Download Flyer for Jackson County

Both programs begin at 5:30 PM with optional hike to view magnificent hemlock forests. The indoor portion of the program will begin at 7:00 PM

A closer look at recently attached HWA on hemlock in Washington Co. 10-29-14

Join us to:

  • Experience the magnificent hemlock dominated forest
  • Understand the importance of hemlock trees to tourism and the environment in Ohio
  • Learn the significance of hemlock stands in the Hocking Hills and Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve (the Rock Run area of Jackson County)
  • Become aware of the serious threat that Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA), a nonnative invasive insect, poses to hemlock trees in the eastern US

    Hemlock at Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve

  • Receive updates on the current status of HWA in Ohio
  • Learn about Ohio’s Efforts to proactively manage HWA
  • Join in our effort to detect this pest and spread the word

For more information about Hemlock Woolly adelgid visit: http://ohiodnr.gov/hwa

Sky Dance -American Woodcock Program Offered March 23rd

Photo Credit: Ricky Layson, Ricky Layson Photography, Bugwood.org

Join us on March 23 near Coalton, OH (Jackson County) 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 Ruffed Grouse Society, 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 23, 2017- 6:30 PM to approximately 9 PM

Where: 19704 State Route 93, Wellston, OH 45692

(approximately 1.25 north of the intersection of US 35 and SR 93)

Link to Location Map

Pre-registration* by email or phone is required by March 20.

To register: email apsley.1@osu.edu or call 740-596-5212 by March 19th.

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

 

A Day in the Woods Tentative Program Schedule for 2018

We’ve still got lots of details to work out, but here is the tentative schedule for A DAY in the WOODS, 2nd Friday Series for 2018.

March 23th – Bonus-Sky Dance– Program on the American Woodcock. Starting at 6:30 PM. Space is limited, No Registration fee; Jackson County Ohio near Coalton. Learn about the biology and ecology of the American woodcock (a.k.a. timberdoodle). If weather cooperates observe one of nature’s oddest spectacles, the mating ritual of the male timberdoodle

May 11th – Non-timber Forest Products & Wildflowers (Edibles). 9 am to 3:30 pm; Vinton Furnace State Forest. Registration fee $12. Learn about spring wildflowers and some of the edible and medicinal plants and fungi that are found in the spring woods.

June 8th – Breeding Birds. 8 am start time to enhance bird view opportunities. Vinton Furnace State Forest. Registration fee $12. Start the day exploring the Vinton Furnace for song birds. Learn to ID by song. Learn about breeding bird ecology and the important role that breeding birds play.

July 13th – Tree & Shrub Identification. 9 am to 3:30 pm. Location to be determined. Registration fee $12. Learn the basics of Tree and shrub identification with a focus on leaves and summer characteristics.

August 10th – Introduction to Woodland Stewardship Opportunities. 9 am to 3:30 pm. Vinton Furnace State Forest. Registration fee $12. This program will focus on techniques and resources available to enhance your woodland resources.

September 14th – Timber Harvesting. 9 am to 3:30 pm. Zaleski State Forest– Zaleski CCC Camp. Registration fee $12. Visit an active or recently closed timber sale. Learn how to make sure that your timber harvest is compatible with the goals that you have for your woodland.

October 12th – Fall Treasures in Your Woodland. Fungi, Lichens and more… 9 am to 3:30 pm. Vinton Furnace State Forest. Registration fee $12. Explore the forest in search of fungi, lichens and other organisms that are present in the fall. Learn about the ecology and function of these often overlooked organisms.

November 9th – Understanding Woodland Wildlife Habitat and the Critters that Rely on it. 9 am to 3:30 pm. Vinton Furnace State Forest. Registration fee $12. Learn about the various woodland wildlife habitats that can be found in Appalachian Ohio. Discover techniques that you can use to monitor the habitat in your woods.

A SATURDAY in the WOODS – Family Event. Date to be Determined. Noon to 9:30 pm. Vinton Furnace State Forest. Registration fee to be determined. We have not worked out the details yet, but we are planning to offer a Saturday event kids from 1 to 100. This event will provide multiple opportunities to explore the forest and its inhabitants. We hope to end the day with a night program focusing on night skies and nocturnal animals.

 

Thanks again to all of our partners who are integral in making A DAY in the WOODS possible.

A DAY in the WOODS offers two programs, “Identifying Trees in Winter” and “Night Skies”, for woodland owners and enthusiasts on November 17th at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

A DAY in the WOODS will wrap up the 2017 season with two opportunities on Friday, November 17th:

IDENTIFYING TREES IN WINTER                                                                                                                      

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” will provide you with the knowledge to differentiate among the variety of trees on your property in the coming winter months. This program will take place from 9 am to 3:30 pm and will include lunch. 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 the Vinton Furnace State Forest

NIGHT SKIES

 The forest at night can be quite a different world, and the Vinton provides a great viewing opportunity for the stars. The program begins with an evening meal at 5:30 PM. The program will conclude at 9:30 PM. Program attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • View the magnificent night sky with minimal light pollution (weather permitting)
  • Learn about stars, planets, and constellations with members of the Columbus Astronomical Society
  • Experience the fall forest at night

There will be a registration fee of $10 for each program. To register for “Identifying Trees in Winter”, “Night Skies” or both, please RSVP by calling OSU Extension Vinton County at 740-596-5212, or email Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu by November 13th. If you are attending both programs you are welcome to hang around and explore the forest while you wait for the evening program. If you are attending the “Night Skies” program and you have a headlamp with red light, please bring it along.

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, Ohio Bird Conservation initiative and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

2017 Brochure:  DAY in the WOODS -2-27 Final dka-20vq9o6

Map and Directions:   Directions – Experimental Forest

 

 

 

A DAY in the WOODS program offers “From Trees to Lumber” at the Hocking College to woodland owners and enthusiasts on October 27

Appalachian Ohio is known for its beautiful and diverse woodlands. These woodlands, when properly managed, are capable of producing a variety of benefits including habitat for wildlife, clean air and water, as well as, valuable forest products.  Join us on October 27th as Hocking College Forestry and Timber Harvesting instructors lead us through the process of transforming trees to lumber.

Program attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Measure and estimate the value of standing trees and logs
  • Observe chainsaw safety and maintenance demonstrations
  • Watch the experts as they demonstrate safe felling, bucking and limbing techniques
  • Participate in the process of turning logs into lumber with a portable sawmill

This program will take place on October 27 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Hocking College, Natural Resources Building (Room 213), 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764.  Look for the yellow “A DAY in the WOODS” signs at the parking lot.  Most of this program will take place in the woods so please dress accordingly (close-toed shoes or boots, and long pants).  A registration fee of $10 will cover the cost 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 October 23rd.

Parking Map Hocking College: Hocking College Campus – Parking Map-1e7za5e

“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, Ohio Bird Conservation initiative and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

 

 

“White Oak-Importance, Ecology and Management” at Speyside Bourbon Cooperage and the Vinton Furnace State Forest on October 13th

Our next A DAY in the Woods program “White Oak-Importance, Ecology and Management” will begin in Jackson with a tour of Speyside Bourbon Cooperage (https://www.facebook.com/SpeysideJackson/).   Space on the tour is limited to the first 35 registrants.  Currently we are only advertising this program to past attendees and to folks following our blog site http://u.osu.edu/seohiowoods. A registration fee of $10 will cover the cost of lunch.  Please RSVP by October 10th.

To reserve your spot please email me directly at mailto:apsley.1@osu.edu or call 740-710-3009. You can still mail in your payment to the Vinton County office, but please let us know that you are coming so we can hold your spot.

After the tour at Speyside we will head to the Vinton Furnace for lunch.  The remainder of the program will focus on trends and the current status of white oak in Ohio, as well as, white oak ecology and management.  Forest Ecologists from the U.S. Forest Service will be on hand to lead this portion of the program which will mostly take place in the field. This portion of the program will end at 4 pm.

To avoid congestion in the parking lot at Speyside we will met at:

 OSU Extension Jackson County (Map of OSU Extension Jackson County-24no32a); 17 Standpipe Road, Jackson, OH 45640

Registration (with coffee and doughnuts) will begin at 8:30 AM at the Jackson County Extension office, and we will leave for Speyside promptly at 9:00 AM.

  • Carpooling to Speyside and to the Vinton Furnace is encouraged
  • Closed-toe shoes and eye protection are required for the Speyside tour (Prescription Glasses are acceptable and a limited number of safety glasses will be available on site).

“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, Ohio Bird Conservation initiative and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

Tips, Tools and Techniques to Improve Your Woods offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest to woodland owners and enthusiasts on September 8

Oak stand after shelterwood harvest to encourage oak regeneration

In many ways your woodland is similar to your garden.  They will both grow without much tending, but with some investment of time and energy you can greatly enhance the benefits that you receive.   On September 8 th, foresters from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry, Ohio State University Extension and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts will be on hand at the Vinton Furnace State Forest to provide you with a variety of Tips, Tools and Techniques that you can employ to increase your woodland’s potential to provide wildlife habitat, produce forest products and even increase your opportunities to enjoy it.

Program attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to evaluate the health of your woodland and identify ways that it can be improved
  • Decide which trees to remove to reduce crowding and enhance the health of your woodlot
  • View a variety of demonstration areas showcasing techniques that you can use to improve you woodlands
  • Understand how a properly prescribed timber harvest may help you achieve your woodland goals.

This program will take place on September 8th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Vinton Furnace State Forest.  Most of this program will take place in the woods so please dress accordingly (close-toed shoes or boots, and long pants).  A registration fee of $10 will cover the cost 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 5th.

“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, Ohio Bird Conservation initiative and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

2017 Brochure:  DAY in the WOODS -2-27 Final dka-20vq9o6

Map and directions to the Vinton Furnace State Forest: Directions – Experimental Forest