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

 

“Spring Wildflowers and Their Uses” program offered to woodland owners and enthusiasts in SE Ohio at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, May 11th

Southeastern Ohio’s woodlands contain a rich assortment of plants ranging from majestic oaks to the most delicate understory herbs.  The focus of the May 11, “A Day in the Woods” program will be “Spring Wildflowers and Their Uses”. The featured guest presenters are Rebecca Wood an Herbalist and Ethnobotanist from Hopewood Holistic Health, and Tanner Filyaw, the Non-Timber Forest Products Program Manager with Rural Action.

This educational program is designed to help you:

  • Explore the spring woods in search of spring wildflowers and fungi
  • Learn about the medicinal properties of many of these plants
  • Discover Ways that you can add variety and nutrition to your diet from the plants and fungi found in your woodland
  • Spend the day exploring the edible and medicinal plants at Vinton Furnace State Forest with experts in the field

“A DAY in the WOOD” and the “2nd Friday Series” 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, The Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

For brochures, directions and more information about our full slate of programs for 2018, visit http://u.osu.edu/seohiowoods.  The program begins at 9 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 May 9.

Since 2012, “A DAY in the WOODS” has offered 52 programs with more than 2,000 participants attending. These programs have been presented by more than 100 natural resources professionals to woodland owners and enthusiast just like you.  Be sure to mark your 2018 calendar so you’re sure not to miss any of these 8 opportunities to spend A DAY in the WOODS:

  • Spring Wild Flowers and Their Uses, May 11 Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Breeding Birds, June 8 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • 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

 

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

Directions to the Vinton Furnace State Forest:Directions – Experimental Forest

 

 

 

 

“The Importance of Oak” offered to Teachers at Vinton Furnace and Zaleski State Forests Features Tour of Speyside Bourbon Cooperage

***14th Annual TEACHER FIELD DAYS***  

The Importance of Oak

Seeing the forest for the trees!

 Please join us for two days in the woods Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at beautiful Vinton Furnace State Forest and Zaleski State Forest. The Forestry on Ohio’s Public Lands Series is offered by the ODNR Division of Forestry to provide your students with timely concepts and to help you meet state standards. Come learn more about our diverse and critically important forest landscape, and why oak trees are the keystone species critical to the ecological and economic well-being of southeast Ohio–all from researchers studying them at Vinton Furnace State Forest.

The Importance of Oak instruction and field experience is featured on Tuesday, and a Project Learning Tree educator certification workshop is offered Wednesday. You can attend one (Tuesday) or both days, but need to attend Tuesday in order to participate Wednesday. Graduate credit is available for your purchase if you attend both days and complete the assigned follow up requirements.

Programs are open to ANY teacher/all grades, and take place RAIN OR SHINE. Dress for the woods, weather, and field work. We will be outside Tuesday afternoon for a field trip by hay wagon around the state forest, so wear appropriate footwear, clothing, and bug spray.

Agenda: 2018 ODNR Forestry Teacher Field Day Agenda-15qbjiu

Registration Information and Announcement: 2018 Teacher Field Day Announcement-1fkgyk1

For More information:

Greg Smith, Information and Education Administrator

ODNR Division of Forestry

345 Allen Ave., Chillicothe, Ohio  45601

740-774-1596 extension 106

greg.smith@dnr.state.oh.us

http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/

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

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.