“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

 

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By David Apsley

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:

Farm Science Review Tickets Now Available

Tickets are now available through September 17 at the Athens Extension Office for $7. They are $10 at the gate.

LONDON, Ohio — Visitors to the 56th annual Farm Science Review, the premier outdoor agricultural education and industry trade show Sept. 18-20, will walk away with advice they can use to improve their farm operation, large or small.

The exhibit area is now 20 acres larger, and improvements have been made so visitors can better access parking as well as the exhibits and other offerings at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London. Farm Science Review is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.

“We think these improvements will make a big difference to visitors,” said Nick Zachrich, Farm Science Review manager.

“With close to 130,000 people coming to the show every year, we want to make it as safe and as easy as possible to enter and exit.”

One improvement involves relocating the “Ride and Drives,” where attendees can test drive farm equipment and vehicles from participating exhibitors. The new location puts these immediately inside the east gates near the Ohio State University Extension Agronomic Crops Team display and the antique tractor clubs. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES.

Visitors to the annual event are able to peruse 4,000 product lines and over 700 commercial and educational exhibits as well as engage in workshops, presentations and demonstrations delivered by CFAES experts.

“Anyone involved in agriculture, whether you have a backyard garden to feed your family or thousands of acres, will find products, services and knowledge from exhibitors and CFAES experts to improve your operation,” Zachrich said.

Educators, specialists and faculty from CFAES will provide research-based information on issues from pest management to water quality. Field demonstrations will feature the most current technology and agricultural techniques.

Tickets to the event can be purchased beginning in July. The Farm Science Review mobile app and digital directory of exhibitors will also be available at that time.

Tickets are $7 online, at OSU Extension county offices and participating agribusinesses, and $10 at the gate. Children ages 5 and under are free. Details on event hours, buying tickets online and more are on the Review’s website at fsr.osu.edu.

“With close to 130,000 people coming to the show every year, we want to make it as safe and as easy as possible to enter and exit.”

One improvement involves relocating the “Ride and Drives,” where attendees can test drive farm equipment and vehicles from participating exhibitors. The new location puts these immediately inside the east gates near the Ohio State University Extension Agronomic Crops Team display and the antique tractor clubs. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES.

Visitors to the annual event are able to peruse 4,000 product lines and over 700 commercial and educational exhibits as well as engage in workshops, presentations and demonstrations delivered by CFAES experts.

“Anyone involved in agriculture, whether you have a backyard garden to feed your family or thousands of acres, will find products, services and knowledge from exhibitors and CFAES experts to improve your operation,” Zachrich said.

Educators, specialists and faculty from CFAES will provide research-based information on issues from pest management to water quality. Field demonstrations will feature the most current technology and agricultural techniques.

Tickets to the event can be purchased beginning in July. The Farm Science Review mobile app and digital directory of exhibitors will also be available at that time.

Tickets are $7 online, at OSU Extension county offices and participating agribusinesses, and $10 at the gate. Children ages 5 and under are free. Details on event hours, buying tickets online and more are on the Review’s website at fsr.osu.edu.

January ‘Growing Athens County’ Newsletter

Hot off the presses is the latest edition of the “Growing Athens County” newsletter. Take a look at all of the events going on in the county and around the state. There is also a survey on the last page that will help the Athens Extension program. Enjoy.     Growing Athens County Jan 2018

Master Gardener Training Class Forming

It is time to start applying to be a Master Gardener volunteer. You can find a document explaining what is required to become a Master Gardener and an application on our website athens.osu.edu/program-areas/master-gardener-volunteers . The application is a fill-able PDF that can be saved and emailed  to brown.6000@osu.edu (you must download it to your computer and open it in Adobe before it’s fill-able). You can also mail it or bring it to the office. The deadline is January 5, 2018. We will need a minimum of 10 enrolled in order to hold the classes.

During the week of January 8, we will be holding applicant interviews in order to make sure that everyone knows what they are getting into.

Dates: January 17 – April 11

Time: Wednesday nights 6 PM – 9 PM and Saturday, March 3 & Saturday March 24

Cost: $110

The cost covers travel for expert speakers from around the region and state and a 3-ring binder with hundreds of pages of information on all of the class topics

This class may not be offered again until 2020.

Please contact Ed Brown at the Athens County Extension office with any questions that you might have.

740-593-8555

brown.6000@osu.edu

November Master Gardener Newsletter

The Athens County Master Gardeners have started publishing a monthly newsletter this year. Take a look at the November issue to see all that is happening with the Master Gardeners. If you are not already a Master Gardener, maybe this will inspire you. The next volunteer training class is forming now and will begin on January 17. Check back with us as will start publicizing this week. November 2017 Newsletter

A Day in the Woods finishes with upcoming programs in November

A DAY in the WOODS offers two programs, “Identifying Trees in Winter” and “Night Skies”, offered 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.

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by David Apsley on October 24, 2017

Athens Shade Tree Commission

Athens City has a Shade Tree Commission (ASTC), and three of its members are Master Gardeners! Master Gardeners bring different areas of expertise to the Commission: Emilie Wood has a vast knowledge, and personal experience with many species of trees, including cultivars. Nancy Walker has created a rural forest, and is the only commissioner to do the Tree Commission training. Lee Gregg is a botanist and has taught Trees and Shrubs at OU. In Athens, the ASTC is composed of seven members and an attending member of Athens City Council and works to manage and promote Athens’ urban forest.

 

The ASTC meets every month to deal with various issues regarding city trees, i.e. trees on city land (e.g. parks) and trees in city right of way (ROW). If you have trees in your front lawn, you may have a city tree! The good news is that the city prunes or removes hazardous city trees. On the other hand, if you want to prune or remove a city tree, you need permission. That’s where the Shade Tree Commission comes in; it decides what should be done (taking into consideration what is good for the urban forest and the householders’ situations).  Another important task is guiding developers to plant the appropriate number and types of trees in any new or expanded development. The approval of the ASTC is necessary before a development can go forward.

Want to know whether you have a city tree? It really depends on your street, the right of way can differ, but often it’s 20 feet from the center of the street. The city has the information on each street.

 

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The ASTC meets monthly to deal with various issues involving city trees – trees on city land and in city right of ways.  If you have a tree growing 20 feet from the center of the street you may have a city tree.  The ASTC makes recommendations concerning pruning and removing city trees.  The ASTC also makes decisions on how to maintain a healthy urban forest, including guiding developers to plant the appropriate number and types of trees.