Day in the Woods-2nd Friday Series program finalized for 2015

” A Day in the Woods-2nd Friday Series” is designed to provide landowners and folks with an interest in natural resources opportunities to learn about and care for woodlands.  The 12,000 acre Vinton Furnace State Forest is one the premier research and demonstration forests in the United States, and it’s right in our back yard near McArthur.

May July

From left to right: A Night in the Forest (May 8; 6:30 PM); Maintaining a Healthy Woodland (June12); Historic Land Use: How it shaped our forests (July 10) and Tree Identification at Hocking College (July 24)

Aug-Nov

From left to right: Woodland Pollinators (August 14); Fall Edibles and Understory Plants (September 11); What’s in Your Woods (October 9) and Identifying Trees in Winter (November 13).

“A Day in the Woods” provides you with multiple occasions to interact with foresters, wildlife biologists, natural resources professionals and your peers in a setting that is ideal for learning about southeastern Ohio’s woodlands. Beginning on May 8th with “A Night in the Forest,” the “2nd Friday Series” will offer day-long programs on a variety of topics through November 13.

A PDF version of a brochure with program details is available here: Second Friday Series Brochure 2015

Most “2nd Friday Series” programs run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  However, the initial program “A Night in the Forest” begins at 6:30 pm and ends at 10 pm.  A registration fee of $10 will include lunch (or evening snack) and program materials.

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from the Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, US Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

Day in the Woods Partners

“A Day in the Woods/2nd Friday Series” partners

For more information contact Dave Apsley apsley.1@osu.edu or 740-710-3009.

Directions – Experimental Forest

“Young Forests and Wildlife Habitat” offered on September 12th to Woodland Owners and Enthusiasts at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

Thanks to Our Guest Sponsor-Wildlife Management Institute

Thanks to Our Guest Sponsor-Wildlife Management Institute

Oh, to be young again… Ohio’s forests are getting older and this has caused a decline in many wildlife species like ruffed grouse, woodcock and several species of songbirds.   “The 2nd Friday Series” program on “Young Forests and Wildlife Habitat” will inform woodland owners and enthusiasts of the loss of Ohio’s young forests and the value of this critical habitat.  Most landowners have some understanding of the value of old forests and wetlands.  This program will help owners to understand the critical wildlife habitat that these young forests provide. Continue reading

“Identifying Trees in Winter” Offered on November 8 at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

IMG_3533Fall 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 the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, November 8 from 9 am to 3:30 pm.  Participants in this program will:

  • Learn to use bud and twig characterizes to identify trees
  • Develop an “eye” for bark and tree shape to aid in winter tree identification
  • Become familiar with tree fruits and other clues that can be found on the forest floor
  • Spend “A Day in the Woods” with foresters exploring the variety of trees that can be found at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

 

“Identifying Trees in Winter” and the “A Day in the Woods-2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from the ODNR-divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, US Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio State University Extension, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wild Turkey Federation, Hocking College, and Glatfelter.

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 apsley.1@osu.edu by November 4.

Identifying Trees in Winter – 2nd Friday Series News Release-Final

Directions – Experimental Forest

Second Friday Series Brochure 2013-final

Ohio Society of American Foresters Directory

I just found out that the Ohio Society of American Foresters Directory is temporarily down. I have contacted the web provider, and they indicated that they are working on it. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

Here are the PDF files for the Consulting and Industry lists if you need access to them while the web version of the directory is down:

PDF Consulting Final 9-25-13

PDF Industry 8-21-2013

ODNR Service Forester Directory Link:

http://ohiodnr.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=ApNAKoXxkRk%3d&tabid=5280

Chainsaw Safety Course will be offered by Hocking College and OSU Extension on November 16th

We have finalized plans for a chainsaw safety course on Saturday, November 16th at Hocking College.

This is a great opportunity to learn from the pro’s and get hands on training. Each participant will have the opportunity to fell a tree.

Date:  November 16th, 2013 (registration deadline November 12th)

Location: Hocking College Fleet Garage (Auto Petro Center) which is located at approximately:

15477 SR 691, Nelsonville, OH

 

Cost: $150 per person

For a brochure and to register: Saw Safety Class NOV 16 2013

Enhancing Food Production for Woodland Wildlife on October 11th

persimmon9Southeastern Ohio is blessed with an abundance of wildlife species from wild turkey and white-tailed deer to bobcats and Cerulean warblers. Many of Ohio’s woodland owners list wildlife as a key reason for owning their properties. “Enhancing Food Production for Woodland Wildlife”, an educational program designed to provide woodland owners with the knowledge to improve wildlife habitat on their property, will be offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, October 11 from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Participants in this program will:

• Learn about the wide variety of food for wildlife that is produced by native trees and shrubs
• Understand the nutritional needs of some common woodland wildlife species
• Visit field sites which demonstrate practices that enhance wildlife food production
• Discuss and practice techniques that can enhance the production of food for wildlife
• Spend “A Day in the Woods” with foresters and Ohio’s National Wild Turkey Federation biologist

“Enhancing Food Production for Woodland Wildlife” and the “A Day in the Woods-2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from the ODNR-divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, US Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio State University Extension, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wild Turkey Federation, Hocking College, and Glatfelter.

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 apsley.1@osu.edu by October 7.

Second Friday Series Brochure 2013-final

Directions – Experimental Forest

Enhancing Wildlife Food Production – 2nd Friday Series News Release-Oct 11

 

Stonewall Tree Farm-Ohio 2013 Tree Farm Of the Year-Tour on October 12, 2013

Maple StandWe hope you enjoy your day and meet a few of our friends and family and have an enjoyable walk in our woods. We hope to give you a glimpse of how, why & what we do here on the farm.

You will not see a lot of venders, exhibitors, planned demonstrations or tents of products and side shows. But, we hope to give you a good cup of coffee, homemade cider, a good corn cake with great syrup, to share with Our Family and Friends.

Other than a little fresh mulch, paint and clean windows, this is our farm. This farm has seen six generations of Lavelle’s. From a working depression era farm to today’s hobby maple operation, this land has always met our needs.

Thank you for giving us your day. We are very proud and honored to host all the Tree Farmers that found our farm special enough to share this day with us.

Again,,,, thank you, and welcome to Stonewall

Dr. W. J. Lavelle and Family

For a map to the tour location and a brochure:

Map to Tree Farm Tour

Tour Brochure

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR October 12, 2013

Farm Events begin at 9:00Am and end at 3:00PM

9:00 AM 3:00PM  The Sugar Shack will be hosting guests and answering questions.

9:00 AM 3:00PM   Located in the large metal barn will be various displays, wood crafting demonstrations, cider press, with  food and beverages served by the local 4H Group.

Starting at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, – Short Walk Tour                                          In-woods Maple Operations  30 – 40 min. walk (on fairly level ground) beginning by large metal barn. This will be guided by Foresters with Lavelle friends & family members discussing forestland management, tree tapping technique and forest history.

At 10:00 AM & 1:00PM  – Long Hike  This tour will involve riding in a UTV to the top of the overlooking slope. Will see crop tree release work, timber stand improvement, the active sugar bush area and mature Oak stands.  Note this hike will last over 1 hr, involves climbing moderate hills and descending steep slopes (Note -will be modified if raining)

At 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM,12:30 PM, 1:30 PM,  – Wildlife Talk This presentation will discuss quality deer herd management, game & non-game species food plots, trapping and wildlife damage issues displays & pelts

 At 10:00 AM & 12:00PM Log Cabin– Bob Avery of the Coonskin Library Assoc. will talk about the local Athens County history, particularly the significance of the Coonskin Library and  the Amesville area.

Restrooms located at the registration area, the sugar shack & at the metal barn

 

A Special Thank You to all the Sponsors and Volunteers

Ohio Tree Farm Committee                   OSU Extension Service                              Coonskin Library Assoc.

ODNR Division of Forestry                     Hocking College Wildlife Club              McVey Construction

ODNR Division of Wildlife                      National Wild Turkey Federation     Allpower Equipment

Athens SWCD/NRCS                                    Sticky Petes Maple Syrup                      Buckeye Livestock 4H          

And all the Friends and Family Members who helped make this Field Day possible.

Forestry Field Day in Morgan County – October 18

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Japanese stiltgrass-non-native grass infesting many forests in SE Ohio

Featuring:

  • Demonstrations by Stine Horse Logging (AM)/Portable Sawmill (PM). Conditions permitting
  •  Discussions and demonstrations focusing on identifying and treating invasive plants
  • Woodland management walk
  • Presentation on White-Nose Syndrome in bats
  • Displays and presentations on invasive insects and diseases threatening Ohio’s forests: HWA, TCD, ALB and EAB
  • Discussion on early detection of and rapid response to invasivesResources available for woodland owners
  • Lunch will be provided by AEP;  Please RSVP

Location:

Location Map  AEP Recreation Lands Hook Lake

Location Map
AEP Recreation Lands
Hook Lake

AEP Recreation Lands

Hook Lake- Campground A
9160 N. St. Rt. 83
McConnelsville, Ohio 43756

 Directions from McConnelsville:

  •     Take OH 78 North approximately
  •     8.9 miles, turn left onto OH 83.
  •     Follow OH 83 approx. 2.4 miles.
  •     Hook Lake is on the Right.
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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid-
A non-native insect pest threating Ohio’s hemlocks

For more information and to RSVP Contact:

OSU Extension—Morgan County

Call:       740-962-4854

Email:    penrose.1@osu.edu

Please RSVP by October 16th  to help us with lunch planning

Brochure:

Forestry Field Day Hook Lake Oct 18

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: Preparing Woodland Owners for Impacts to the Hocking Hills Region on October 26th

IMG_4727Eastern hemlocks play a key role in the ecology and economy of the Hocking Hills. These trees, however, are currently threatened by the recent discovery of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Ohio and the Hocking Hills

Join us for a program designed to introduce home owners and woodland owners to the potential threats, impacts, and management issues presented by the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in the Hocking Hills Region.  You will also learn about the newly formed Hocking Hills Conservation Association http://hemlockhero.com and their efforts to combat this pest, and the efforts of the ODNR Division of Forestry to provide services to Small Woodlot owners in the Hocking Hills

When:
Saturday, October 26th, 2013
1:00 to 3:00 pm

Where:
Camp Oty’Okwa
24799 Purcell Rd.
South Bloomingville, OH

For more information contact:

Rebecca Miller, Hocking SWCD  740-385-3016 or Rebecca.Miller@oh.nacdnet.net

Dave Apsley, OSU Extension (740)710-3009 or apsley.1@osu.edu

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Creating and Using Woodland Maps offered on Friday September 13th

Stand mapMaps are valuable tools that help woodland owners enjoy and manage their properties. Maps can be used for a variety of purposes from locating favorite mushroom and turkey hunting spots to documenting management activities in woodlands. “Creating and Using Woodland Maps”, an educational program designed to enhance the ability to use and create woodland maps, will be offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, September 13. Participants in this program will:

• Explore information that can be gleaned from topographical maps
• Enhance their ability to use a compass, pacing and maps to navigate
• Learn to use Google Earth and other readily available software to create maps of their woodland resources
• Understand the capabilities of GPS (Global Positioning Systems) for navigation and mapping woodlands
• Learn where to acquire topographic maps and aerial imagery of their property

“Creating and Using Woodland Maps” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from the ODNR-divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, US Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio State University Extension, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wild Turkey Federation, Hocking College, and Glatfelter.

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 apsley.1@osu.edu by September 9.

Directions – Experimental Forest

Second Friday Series Brochure 2013-final

 

Note:  The Vinton Furnace State Forest is a 16,000 acre property with no postal delivery within its borders.  If using a GPS the best address that we have found is:

35700 Ball Diamond Rd., Dundas, OH 45634.

Since it is so remote, we place bright yellow signs at both entrances to the forest and at every intersection that you pass on your way in.  The journey is long, but it is well worth it!!