“Timber Harvesting-Things to Consider” program held at Zaleski State Forest on Friday, September 13

Timber harvest is a tool you can utilize to not only provide much needed income, but also 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 13.  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 your timber harvest is compatible with your goal
  • Obtain information on how to market and sell your timber to ensure 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 9. 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

For a brochure with registration information, click here: A DAY in THE WOODS 2019 Brochure Final Low Res-20zbq6d

“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, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, Central State University Extension, USDA Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

 

“Family Day in the Woods” offered to kids of all ages at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Saturday, September 14th

The public is invited to attend Family Day in the Woods, a free and family friendly event at Vinton Furnace State Forest on Saturday, September 14th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be activities tailored for kids (grades K-12) as well as adults to foster good environmental stewardship in the future. We will also specifically have some programming targeting high school youth (including FFA and 4-H) that focuses on career exploration in natural resources.

Fun, hands-on activities will include wagon rides through the woods, nature hikes, forest wildlife, pollinators and insects, forestry tools and science, tree identification, woodland soils, wildfire prevention with Smokey Bear, and a portable sawmill. All activities will be on a morning and afternoon rotation, so feel free come either half of the day, or stay for it all.

The Vinton Furnace State Forest is located in one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the United States and home to more than 50 years of ongoing research by scientists from the USDA Forest Service’s lab in Delaware, Ohio.

Please RSVP by September 10th to help us prepare, though day of drop-ins are also welcome. RSVP to Ohio State University Extension Vinton County by calling (740) 596-5212, or to Dave Apsley via email at apsley.1@osu.edu.

For a map with directions to help you find the forest, click here: Directions – Experimental Forest

For a brochure with registration information, click here: A DAY in THE WOODS 2019 Brochure Final Low Res-20zbq6d

“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, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, Central State University Extension, USDA Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

“Hemlock Forests and Night Sounds” program offered at Camp Oty’Okwa near the Hocking Hills on Friday, August 9th

While hiking through the Hocking Hills, it might seem like you’ve stepped into an unfamiliar world. This is largely due to the role of hemlock trees in the ecosystem. Join us on August 9th, 2:00 PM – 9:30 PM as we travel into the hemlock forests. This program will consist of an afternoon session, where we immerse ourselves in the hemlocks to learn about a range of topics including geology of the Hocking Hills, wildlife and stream ecology, and what natural resource professionals are doing to combat hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect species. After dinner, we will become nocturnal creatures during an interactive presentation from Kevin Dodge from Garrett College in McHenry, Maryland. After learning and becoming familiar with the night sounds of Appalachian forests, we will take a short night hike to listen and learn.

This event will take place at Camp Oty’Okwa in South Bloomingville, OH near the Hocking Hills State Park. A $12 registration cost entitles participants to dinner and program materials. Spots are limited so be sure to RSVP quickly but no later than August 5th. Register by mailing a registration form, calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at apsley.1@osu.edu.

*IMPORTANT* The first half of this event will include a short hike with moderate elevation changes but low difficulty.

For a map with directions, click here: Directions to Camp Oty’Okwa.

For a brochure with registration information, click here: A DAY in THE WOODS 2019 Brochure Final Low Res-20zbq6d

Since 2012, “A Day in the Woods” has offered more than 60 programs with more than 100 presenters for woodland owners and enthusiasts just like you.

“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 Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, USDA-Forest Service (Northern Research Station, State and Private Forestry and the Wayne NF), USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Vinton-Hocking-Athens Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Central State University Extension, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

“Woodland Stewardship Opportunities” program offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, July 12th

Families, just like yours, own approximately 3/4 of the 8.1 million acres of woodlands in Ohio. Yet often folks do not know where to turn for advice and assistance when they need it. This program is specifically designed for you, the family woodland owner. It will cover a wide range of resources that are available to help you care for the woodlands on your property. There are many different reasons to manage your woodlands, and several of those options will be discussed at this program. Foresters, wildlife biologists, and other natural resource professionals from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Ohio State University Extension will be on hand to answer your questions and discuss how they can help you to improve the health of your woodland.

This program will take place on July 12 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Vinton Furnace State Forest, near McArthur, OH.

For a map with directions to help you find the forest, click here: Directions – Experimental Forest

For a brochure with registration information, click here: A DAY in THE WOODS 2019 Brochure Final Low Res-20zbq6d

A $12 registration fee entitles participants to lunch and program materials.  To help us make preparations,  please RSVP no later than Monday, July 8 by mailing a registration form, calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at apsley.1@osu.edu.

Since 2012, “A Day in the Woods” has offered more than 60 programs with more than 100 presenters for woodland owners and enthusiasts just like you.

“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 Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, USDA-Forest Service (Northern Research Station, State and Private Forestry and the Wayne NF), USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Vinton-Hocking-Athens Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Central State University Extension, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

 

“Woodland Wildlife Habitat” offered by A DAY in the WOODS – 2nd Friday Series partners at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on November 9

Two-thirds of Ohio’s woodlands are located in our Appalachian Counties.  These woodlands are often dominated by oak and hickory trees that provide important habitat for a wide variety of wildlife species.  On November 9, biologists from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Wildlife, Ohio University and the National Wild Turkey Federation will be on hand at the Vinton Furnace State Forest to help us to explore “Woodland Wildlife Habitat” and the critters that use it. This program will provide opportunities for attendees to:

  • Discover the variety woodland wildlife habitats that can be found in our Appalachian woodlands
  • Learn about bears, bobcats and other critters that rely on these habitats
  • Find out about ways that you can help to improve these habitats and their ability to provide food, water, cover and space for wildlife in your area
  • Learn how to effectively use trail cameras and other techniques to monitor the variety of habitats in your woods

This program will take place at the Vinton Furnace State Forest from 9:00 AM to 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 November 5.

Directions – Experimental Forest

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

“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, Central State University Extension, The Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

Since 2012, “A DAY in the WOODS” has offered 60 programs with approximately 2,400 participants attending.  More than 100 natural resources professionals have presented these programs to woodland owners and enthusiast just like you.  If you are interested in keeping up to date about educational opportunities for woodland owners and enthusiasts in Appalachian Ohio, subscribe to our web page at http://u.osu.edu/seohiowoods or email apsley.1@osu.edu to be added to our email list-serve. Be sure to make the time to enjoy “A Day in the Woods”!

“Fall Treasures in your Woodland:  Fungi, Lichens and More” offered by A DAY in the WOODS – 2nd Friday Series partners at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on October 12

Chicken of the Woods-Todd Hutchinson-USFS-NRS

October is a great time to be in the woods.  Fall foliage is often at its peak, and there is much more to see.  On the forest floor, mushrooms are often abundant and wildflowers including asters, goldenrods, and legumes are often still putting on a show.  Numerous lichens, which are a symbiotic association between fungi and algae, are visible on tree trunks, branches, and rock outcroppings.   Even dead and decaying logs can support many varieties of fungi, which play an important role in soil formation and nutrient cycling.  Fall Treasures in your Woodland:  Fungi, Lichens and More will help woodland owners and enthusiasts learn to identify and understand the contributions of these underappreciated organisms to the biodiversity of our forested ecosystems.

  • Explore the forest in search of fungi, lichens, and other organisms that are present in the fall, such as late-blooming woodland wildflowers.
  • Learn lichen identification and ecology from Ray Showman, author of The Macrolichens of Ohio.
  • Join Homer Elliott, Hocking College, on a foray to see and identify fungi that inhabit the forest floor environment.
  • Enjoy the fall woods, including the fall foliage and fall wildflowers.

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 October 8.

“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, Central State University Extension, The Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

Since 2012, “A DAY in the WOODS” has nearly 60 programs with approximately 2,250 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 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

Directions – Experimental Forest

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