“Identifying Trees in Winter” program offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, November 13

IMG_0784Fall is in the air, and many of the trees in Southeastern Ohio are already shedding 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 13 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 “A Day in the Woods” with foresters exploring the variety of trees that can be found at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

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Identifying the Trees in Your Woods offered on June 8th at the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest

Can you name this tree?

 One of the first steps for caring for woodlands is to know the species of trees on a property.   “Identifying the Trees in Your Woods” is being offered June 8 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at theVintonFurnaceStateExperimentalForestto help woodland owners learn more.

Participants will learn to use a simple leaf key to guide them through the process of tree identification.   There will be opportunities to walk with foresters to reinforce leaf identification and discover other characteristics, such as bark, branching, tree form, and site to help identify trees.

“Identifying the Trees in Your Woods”  is part of the “2nd Friday Series” sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest with support from the ODNR-Divisions ofForestry and Wildlife, US Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio State University Extension,  US Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, and Glatfelter.

These woodland owner learning opportunities will take place near McArthur, OHat the VintonFurnaceStateExperimentalForest, home to more than 60 species of trees.  A registration fee of $10 includes lunch and program materials.   For brochures and more information about future classes in the 2nd Friday Series, visit http://go.osu.edu/seohiowoods.  Please RSVP by calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at apsley.1@osu.edu by June 4th.

Link to Brochure with Registration information:  Second Friday Series Brochure

Link to Directions and Map:  Directions – Experimental Forest