“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

Jamie Dahl Hits the Ground Running as Forest Outreach Coordinator for Central State University

We are thrilled that Jamie Dahl was recently hired by Central State University to serve as Forest Outreach Coordinator. We are also proud to add Central State University to our growing list of partners working together to sustain the woodlands and serve the citizens of Appalachia Ohio.  Although Jamie just started in her new role in mid-July, she has already participated in several collaborative outreach and planning efforts.   Below is an excerpt from the Southeast Ohio Woodland Interest Group (SEOWIG) August 2018 Newsletter.  Welcome Jamie!

 

Jamie Dahl just started a new position as the Forest Outreach Coordinator with the Cooperative Extension and McIntire-Stennis Programs at Central State University. Jamie is co-located in the Wayne National Forest Headquarters in Nelsonville, Ohio. Jamie will be working directly with the Ohio Interagency Forestry Team. This team is focused toward improved forest health and reversing the decline of oak-hickory ecosystems in southeast Ohio.

Jamie will be working alongside Ohio State University Extension and other forestry partners to help assess and fill gaps in forestry outreach and education, with a focus on southeast Ohio. She will also help to support current programing such as: A Day in the Woods, Call Before You Cut, and 4H Forestry and Wildlife Camp. Jamie will primarily serve private landowners and youth as key audiences.

Central State University is one of the partner agencies that comprise the Ohio Interagency Forestry Team.  Member agencies include the USDA Forest Service (Northern Research Station, Wayne NF, State & Private Forestry Morgantown Field Office), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (Divisions of Forestry & Wildlife), The Ohio State University and Central State University (Cooperative Extension Programs).  The Ohio State University and Central State University are the two land-grant universities in Ohio that deliver cooperative extension programs and services. You can learn more about Central State University Extension here: http://www.centralstate.edu/academics/cse/agriculture/index10.php?num=28.

Jamie has a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management and a Master of Science in Forest Resources, Wood Procurement and Utilization, both from The Pennsylvania State University.  She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Higher Education Leadership at Colorado State University with a focus on social science within natural resources. Jamie has previous forestry and natural resources experience in Pennsylvania and Colorado. Her prior work areas include: forest management, public outreach, volunteer management, training, research, and education. She is also an active member of the Society of American Foresters.

Jamie’s contact information is:  740-753-0904 (office); (740)-279-0656 (cell); jdahl@centralstate.edu

4-H Forestry – Wildlife Conservation Camp at Canter’s Cave September 14-16

This us a great opportunity for kids to spend some time at Canter’s Cave to learn about forestry and wildlife, experience the great outdoors, and have some fun with others with similar interests.  A special thanks to the natural resources faculty and staff  at Hocking College for all of their help with this event.

Submitted August 16, 2018

Tracy Winters

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

OSU Extension Gallia County

111 Jackson Pike, Suite 1572, Gallipolis Ohio 45631

740-446-7007

winters.5@osu.edu

4-H Forestry – Wildlife Conservation Camp

Do you have a child who is interested in Wildlife Conservation or Forestry?  Maybe they just enjoy being outside and learning about nature? Or maybe they haven’t had an opportunity to explore the outdoors and all it has to offer. A weekend at 4-H Forestry – Wildlife Conservation Camp might help them decide on a career, or introduce them to college opportunities they didn’t even know exist!

Boys and girls ages 12 – 18 from across Ohio are invited to attend this unique camp held at the Elizabeth L. Evans Outdoor Education Center/Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, Ohio. The camp’s location set, in the rocky hills of Southern Ohio, allows campers to explore the beautiful sandstone gorges, visit the natural waterfalls and see the ancient hemlock that make up the forest.  While they are at the camp, they will also learn about the Native Americans who once lived in and around the numerus rock shelters that can be found on the 100+ acre property. The camp is being planned and implemented by OSU Extension professionals, partnering with staff from Hocking College, Soil and Water Conservation and Central State University. Both 4-H and non-4-H youth are invited to attend.

The camp will begin with check-in from 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM on Friday September 14th and end late morning with check-out on Sunday September 16th at 11:00 AM. The camp is an ideal setting for such a program, offering an abundance of natural resources and traditional camp activities. During the weekend camp, participants will participate in both STEM centered educational sessions focused around Wildlife Conservation and Forestry and traditional camp activities. But, this camp won’t feel the least bit like school. Participants will get to try their hand at radio telemetry, wilderness survival, tree climbing, fishing, wildlife and tree identification, hunting and trapping techniques, boating and even some shooting sports activities.  During each session there are lots of hands-on activities and the opportunity to learn about careers in Natural Resources, Forestry, Wildlife and Environmental Science.

In addition to all the sessions, participants will get to try some outdoor cooking, see a sawmill and tree felling demonstration, enjoy a campfire and take part in some traditional 4-H evening recreation.

The fee to participate in 4-H Forestry- Wildlife Conservation Camp is only $35 for the first 40 campers that get registered, thanks to a grant from the Ohio 4-H Foundation.  Once those spots have been filled the price will be $77.00. Only the first 90 registrants will be accepted, and all registrations are due by September 7th or until space limit is met. An event flyer/registration is available on the web at http://gallia.osu.edu. For more information, contact Tracy Winters Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, OSU Extension Gallia County via phone at 740-446-7007 or email at winters.5@osu.edu.

4-H Forestry Wildlife Conservation Camp is sponsored in part by a grant from the Ohio 4-H Foundation. Camp is open to all youth ages 12-18, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability. Youth do not have to be currently enrolled in the county’s 4-H program to participate. Campers are accepted in the order that registrations are received.

Timber Harvesting –Things to Consider’ offered at Zaleski State Forest (ODNR Complex) on September 14

Properly restored logging skid trail

In addition to providing much needed income, a timber harvest is a tool that you can utilize 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 14.  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 that your timber harvest is compatible with your goals
  • Obtain information on how to market and sell your timber to ensure that 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 10. 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

“A DAY in the WOODS” 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 56 programs with more than 2,000 participants attending. More than 100 natural resources professionals have delivered 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:

  • Timber Harvesting Things to Consider, September 14, Zaleski State Forest – ODNR Complex
  • 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-2nd Friday Brochure: A DAY in THE WOODS 2018 Brochure – Low Res-wyeaef

 

FAMILY DAY in the WOODS scheduled for August 18 at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

Belgium Coke Ovens near the Vinton Furnace

Belgium Coke Ovens on the Vinton Furnace State Forest near the Iron Furnace

Would you enjoy a DAY in the WOODS exploring and learning with your family?

Are you looking for a way to get your kids outdoors and away from their electronic devices?

Have you ever wondered what goes on at the Vinton Furnace State (Experimental) Forest?

 

Join us at the Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur on Saturday, August 18 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) for a fun and educational FAMILY DAY in the WOODS.  The day will include wagon rides and nature walks through the forest, a visit to the iron furnace and Belgium coke ovens, wildfire prevention activities with Smokey Bear and a portable sawmill demonstration.  Additionally, many natural resources professionals (foresters, wildlife biologists, ecologists, archaeologists, and research scientists) will be on hand to lead the activities designed to give kids (grades K-6) the opportunity to explore:

 

  • A variety of wildlife that live in the woods from cerulean warblers to golden eagles and from wood frogs to timber rattlers.
  • People from the past from the native American mound builders to the European settlers who farmed and worked the Vinton Furnace that produced iron in the late 1800’s
  • Insects including prairie and forest pollinators
  • A wide assortment of trees and their contribution to the ecology and economy of the region

The program starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM.   The program is free of charge. However,  to facilitate planning and food preparation we are asking you to please RSVP by calling the OSU Extension office in  Vinton County at 740-596-5212, or emailing Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu by August 15.

Lunch, snacks and other refreshments will be available for purchase from a local Vinton County 4-H club, or if you choose feel free to pack a lunch and bring your own drinks.

Note: The Vinton Furnace State Forest training center is well off of the beaten path.  There is no reliable mailing address to use with your GPS so be sure to follow these directions (Directions – Experimental Forest).  Have no fear we will have green and yellow signs posted along the 5 or so miles of gravel roads that lead you to a fun filled, educational day.

 

“A DAY in the WOODS” is 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 54 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 (A DAY in THE WOODS 2018 Brochure – Low Res-wyeaef)

  • Woodland Stewardship Opportunities, August 10-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

Woodland Stewardship Opportunities at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on August 10

Families, just like yours, own three-quarters of the 8.1 million acres of woodlands in Ohio.  Yet folks do not know where to turn for advice and assistance when they need it.  The program “Woodland Stewardship Opportunities” will cover a wide range of topics that will help woodland owners to care for the woodlands on their property.  Foresters, wildlife biologists and other natural resources professionals from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and Ohio State University Extension will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate:

  • Techniques that you can use to improve your woodland for wildlife, timber income, recreation or whatever benefits that you hope to realize from your property
  • Strategies for dealing with those pesky invasive plants and insects on your property
  • Tools that you can use to encourage oaks on your property
  • The many resources (people, agencies and programs) available to answer your questions and help you accomplish the goals that you have for your woodlands

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 August 6.

Directions – Experimental Forest

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

“A DAY in the WOODS” 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 54 programs with more than 2,000 participants attending. More than 100 natural resources professionals have delivered 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:

  • 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

 

Tree Talk focuses in on Tree Identification….

I was fortunate enough to spend a considerable amount of my time week last week on my favorite subject … Tree identification (a.k.a. dendrology).  We recorded this Tree Talk segment on Thursday (7-12) , and the focus of our  “DAY in the WOODS” program at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday (7-13) was tree identification.

Thanks to Duane Rigsby, Sarah Swanson and Pat Dengel for your patience and for improvising  with the camera.

To purchase Leaf Identification Key to Eighty-Eight Ohio Trees: https://extensionpubs.osu.edu/leaf-identification-key-to-eighty-eight-ohio-trees/

For a PDF version: https://woodlandstewards.osu.edu/sites/woodlands/files/d6/files/pubfiles/b899-leaf%20key.pdf

 

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

 

Your Land-Your Legacy Video and Publication Available

If you are a woodland owner, please take the time to watch this brief YouTube Video and read this publication.  Although it is a difficult subject, it is never too early to start planning for the future of your woodlands and your legacy.

Thanks Paul Catanzaro from the University of Massachusetts and USDA-NIFA for producing this material.

Your Land Your Legacy-Ohio Publication: YLYL_OH_web-22l6hgz

“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

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.

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Map and Directions:   Directions – Experimental Forest

 

 

 

A DAY in the WOODS program offers “From Trees to Lumber” at the Hocking College to woodland owners and enthusiasts on October 27

Appalachian Ohio is known for its beautiful and diverse woodlands. These woodlands, when properly managed, are capable of producing a variety of benefits including habitat for wildlife, clean air and water, as well as, valuable forest products.  Join us on October 27th as Hocking College Forestry and Timber Harvesting instructors lead us through the process of transforming trees to lumber.

Program attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Measure and estimate the value of standing trees and logs
  • Observe chainsaw safety and maintenance demonstrations
  • Watch the experts as they demonstrate safe felling, bucking and limbing techniques
  • Participate in the process of turning logs into lumber with a portable sawmill

This program will take place on October 27 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Hocking College, Natural Resources Building (Room 213), 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764.  Look for the yellow “A DAY in the WOODS” signs at the parking lot.  Most of this program will take place in the woods so please dress accordingly (close-toed shoes or boots, and long pants).  A registration fee of $10 will cover the cost 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 23rd.

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“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.

 

 

“White Oak-Importance, Ecology and Management” at Speyside Bourbon Cooperage and the Vinton Furnace State Forest on October 13th

Our next A DAY in the Woods program “White Oak-Importance, Ecology and Management” will begin in Jackson with a tour of Speyside Bourbon Cooperage (https://www.facebook.com/SpeysideJackson/).   Space on the tour is limited to the first 35 registrants.  Currently we are only advertising this program to past attendees and to folks following our blog site http://u.osu.edu/seohiowoods. A registration fee of $10 will cover the cost of lunch.  Please RSVP by October 10th.

To reserve your spot please email me directly at mailto:apsley.1@osu.edu or call 740-710-3009. You can still mail in your payment to the Vinton County office, but please let us know that you are coming so we can hold your spot.

After the tour at Speyside we will head to the Vinton Furnace for lunch.  The remainder of the program will focus on trends and the current status of white oak in Ohio, as well as, white oak ecology and management.  Forest Ecologists from the U.S. Forest Service will be on hand to lead this portion of the program which will mostly take place in the field. This portion of the program will end at 4 pm.

To avoid congestion in the parking lot at Speyside we will met at:

 OSU Extension Jackson County (Map of OSU Extension Jackson County-24no32a); 17 Standpipe Road, Jackson, OH 45640

Registration (with coffee and doughnuts) will begin at 8:30 AM at the Jackson County Extension office, and we will leave for Speyside promptly at 9:00 AM.

  • Carpooling to Speyside and to the Vinton Furnace is encouraged
  • Closed-toe shoes and eye protection are required for the Speyside tour (Prescription Glasses are acceptable and a limited number of safety glasses will be available on site).

“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.

Tips, Tools and Techniques to Improve Your Woods offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest to woodland owners and enthusiasts on September 8

Oak stand after shelterwood harvest to encourage oak regeneration

In many ways your woodland is similar to your garden.  They will both grow without much tending, but with some investment of time and energy you can greatly enhance the benefits that you receive.   On September 8 th, foresters from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry, Ohio State University Extension and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts will be on hand at the Vinton Furnace State Forest to provide you with a variety of Tips, Tools and Techniques that you can employ to increase your woodland’s potential to provide wildlife habitat, produce forest products and even increase your opportunities to enjoy it.

Program attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to evaluate the health of your woodland and identify ways that it can be improved
  • Decide which trees to remove to reduce crowding and enhance the health of your woodlot
  • View a variety of demonstration areas showcasing techniques that you can use to improve you woodlands
  • Understand how a properly prescribed timber harvest may help you achieve your woodland goals.

This program will take place on September 8th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Vinton Furnace State Forest.  Most of this program will take place in the woods so please dress accordingly (close-toed shoes or boots, and long pants).  A registration fee of $10 will cover the cost 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 5th.

“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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Map and directions to the Vinton Furnace State Forest: Directions – Experimental Forest

 

 

“Improving Habitat for Game Wildlife” at the Vinton Furnace State Forest to woodland owners and enthusiasts on August 11th

Would you like to know more about white-tailed deer, wild turkey, squirrel, woodcock, ruffed grouse and other game species that inhabit woodlands in southeastern Ohio?  Woodland owners and enthusiasts in SE Ohio will have the opportunity to learn from biologists from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources- Division of Wildlife on August 11 at the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest near McArthur.

Woodland owners and enthusiasts who attend this program will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about behaviors and habitat needs of common woodland game species
  • Understand the relationship between wildlife habitat and forest succession and how they influence wildlife populations
  • Visit and discuss a variety of woodland habitats found at the Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Interact with wildlife biologists and foresters, and become aware of the techniques and resources available to help improve woodland habitat in your woods

This program will take place on August 11th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Vinton Furnace State Forest.  A registration fee of $10 will cover the cost 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 August 7th.

“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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Map and Directions:Directions – Experimental Forest

Other programs scheduled for the 2017 ‘A DAY in the WOODS – 2nd Friday Series’ include:

  • Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Improve Your Woods, September 8 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • White Oak – Importance, Ecology, and Management, October 13 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • From Trees to Lumber, October 27 – Hocking College
  • Winter Tree & Shrub Identification, November 17 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Stargazing, November 17 (6:30-10:30 PM) – Vinton Furnace State Forest

Tree identification class offered on July 28 at Hocking College

One of the first steps to improving your woodland is to know 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. You learn to use the key to identify a wide assortment of tree samples in the classroom, then explore the Hocking College woodlands with foresters to reinforce your leaf identification skills and to learn to use other characteristics, such as bark, branching, tree form, and site to help identify trees.

This program is hosted by Hocking College and will take place at on July 28 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Natural Resources Building on the Hocking College campus located at 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764. The Natural Resources Building is located on the north end of the campus. Parking is available in the North Lot located on the east side of Hocking Parkway.  A registration fee of $10 will include lunch and program materials. To help prepare materials and plan for meals, please RSVP no later than Monday, July 24 by returning a registration form, calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at apsley.1@osu.edu

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Hocking College Campus – Parking Map

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“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.

 

 

 

A DAY in the WOODS program “Crawley Creatures in Your Woods” offered on July 14th at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

A  DAY in the WOODS program “Crawley Creatures in Your Woods” offered on July 14th at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

McArthur, OH – Most of us are familiar with many of the larger organisms that live in the woods around us, but there is another world of animals that often escapes our attention. An amazing diversity of insects, spiders and other arthropods inhabit our woodlands. Many serve valuable roles like pollinating plants, decomposing plants and animals, and controlling pests. Others, especially the non-native ones, can cause serious harm to plants, animals and even humans if not properly managed. Program attendees will have the opportunity to:

• Explore the insects, arachnids, and other arthropods that live in your woodland.

• Learn about the important roles that these creatures play in the ecology of your woodland.

• Understand the current and potential impacts that non-native insects have on your woods and Ohio’s forest systems.

• Learn about Ohio’s efforts to manage and understand native and non-native insect pests.

Featured presenters include Donnie Peterson, Wright State University; Tom Macy, ODNR-Division of Forestry; Curtis Young, Ohio State University Extension; and Sarah Rose, The Ohio State University, School of Environment and Natural Resources.

“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.

This program will take place on July 14th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Vinton Experimental Forest. 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 July 10th.

Other programs scheduled for the 2017 ‘A DAY in the WOODS – 2nd Friday Series’ include:
• Summer Tree Identification, July 28 – Hocking College
• Improving Habitat for Game Wildlife, August 11 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
• Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Improve Your Woods, September 8 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
• White Oak – Importance, Ecology, and Management, October 13 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
• From Trees to Lumber, October 27 – Hocking College
• Winter Tree & Shrub Identification, November 17 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
• Stargazing, November 17 (6:30-10:30 PM) – Vinton Furnace State Forest

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Thanks to our partners for all of their support:

 

New Opportunties to Reach Woodland Owners in Southeastern Ohio

Thanks to Rio Grande University and The Ohio State University South Centers we now have a new avenue to reach woodland owners in Southeastern Ohio:

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A DAY in the WOODs program on Breeding Birds offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on June 9th

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 the use diverse habitat available in the forest. Program attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn to identify common forest birds by sight and song
  • Experience mist netting and understand the important information gained with birds-in-hand
  • Spend a day in the woods with experienced birders
  • Understand habitat requirements of many woodland song birds

Photo Courtesy of Stephen Matthews, The Ohio State University

Featured presenters include Kelly Williams, Ohio University; Matthew Shumar, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, Laura Kearns, ODNR-Division of Wildlife, and Stephen Matthews , The Ohio State University.

“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.

This program will take place on June 9th from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Vinton Experimental Forest. A registration fee of $10 will cover the cost of a 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 5th.

 

For brochures, maps and directions, and more information about our programs for woodland owners and enthusiasts in SE Ohio, visit http://go.osu.edu/seohiowoods.

Other programs scheduled for the 2017 A DAY in the WOODS – 2nd Friday Series include:

 

  • Crawley Creatures in Your Woods, July 14 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Summer Tree Identification, July 28 – Hocking College
  • Improving Habitat for Game Wildlife, August 11 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Improve Your Woods, September 8 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • White Oak – Importance, Ecology, and Management, October 13 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • From Trees to Lumber, October 27 – Hocking College
  • Winter Tree & Shrub Identification, November 17 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Stargazing, November 17 (6:30-10:30 PM) – Vinton Furnace State Forest


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Night Creatures program offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, May 12th, 2017

Photo Credit: ODNR-Division of Wildlife/Tim Daniel

As spring awakens the forest, the creatures of the night begin their songs and calls during this important time for mating.   This special evening program is designed to give you insight into the nocturnal animals that live in the forest.   Program attendees will have the opportunity to

  • Experience the spring forest at night during an almost full moon
  • View and learn about flying squirrels
  • Listen for coyotes and other night sounds in the forest
  • Learn about common frogs, toads, and birds active at night in the spring

Featured presenters include Don Althoff, Professor of Wildlife Conservation at Rio Grande University; Mike Graziano, Herpetologists at The Ohio State University; and Laura Kearns, Wildlife Biologist with ODNR-Division of Wildlife.

“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.

This program will take place on May 12th from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the Vinton Experimental Forest.  A registration fee of $10 will cover the cost of a light evening meal 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 8th.

For brochures, maps and directions, and more information about our 2017 slate of programs for woodland owners and enthusiasts in SE Ohio, visit http://go.osu.edu/seohiowoods.

Other programs scheduled for the 2017 A DAY in the WOODS – 2nd Friday Series include:

  • Breeding Birds, June 9 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Crawley Creatures in Your Woods, July 14 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Summer Tree Identification, July 28 – Hocking College
  • Improving Habitat for Game Wildlife, August 11 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Improve Your Woods, September 8 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • White Oak – Importance, Ecology, and Management, October 13 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • From Trees to Lumber, October 27 – Hocking College
  • Winter Tree & Shrub Identification, November 17 – Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Stargazing, November 17 (6:30-10:30 PM) – Vinton Furnace State Forest

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

More opportunities for woodland owners to to learn about songbird and game bird management..

OSU Extension is partnering with the Appalachian Mountain Joint Venture, the Wayne National Forest, ODNR Divisions of Wildlife and Forestry, and the National Wild Turkey Federation to bring you three opportunities to learn about bird management.  An evening introductory program will be offered in Ironton and Athens on April 25 and 26,  respectively.  This will be followed by a longer session that will include field visits on June 24.  More details about the June program will be posted here soon.

Click here for a brochure for the April programs:  AMJV_USFS OH Management Workshop Flyer_EveningWorkshops (2) [Read-Only]-vca7z1

Sky Dance -American Woodcock Program Offered March 17th

Ricky Layson, Ricky Layson Photography, Bugwood.org

Join us on March 17 near Coalton, OH 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 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 17, 2017- 6:30 PM to approximately 9 PM

Where:  19704 State Route 93, Wellston, OH 45692 (located 1.25 north of the intersection of US 35 and State Route 93).

Link to Location Map

Due to parking limitations and to enhance the experience space is limited to the first 20 registrants.

To register: email apsley.1@osu.edu or call 740-596-5212 by March 13th.

 

 

 

A Day in the Woods Tentative Program Schedule for 2017

This is just around the corner! Yellow buckeye breaking bud

It is hard to believe 2017 will mark the 6th year of programing for A DAY in the WOODS.  Since 2012 A DAY in the WOODS has delivered 40 programs, with more than 75 natural resources professionals presenting to more than 1,600 attendees.  Thanks so much for all of the partners and all of you who have supported A DAY in the WOODS in so many ways.

We are still working on the details and hope to have a brochure ready to distribute in the coming weeks, but this is what we’ve got planned for 2017.

2017 A DAY in the WOODS- TENTATIVE Schedule

March 17th – BONUS – Sky Dance- American Woodcock; Evening program starting at  6:30 PM, Space limited, No Registration Fee; Jackson County Ohio  near Coalton

April 14th – BONUS – Wild Culinary and Propagation Adventures; 9 am-3:30 PM; Sponsored by United Plant Savers, Hopewood Holistic Health, Rural Action and Ohio State University.  A Registration Fee $20 will be handled by UpS; Meigs County Ohio near Rutland

May 12th  Spring Night Creatures; 6:30 PM to 10 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

June 9th  – Breeding Birds; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

July 14th – Crawley Creatures in Your Woods (Insects/ Arachnids: good, bad & ugly) ; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

July 28th -BONUS – Summer Tree Identification.  9 AM – 3:30 PM; Hocking College School of Natural Resources. Registration fee $10.

August 11th– Improving habitat to Attract Game Wildlife Species; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

September 8th – Tips, Tools and Techniques to Improve Your Woods; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

October 13t – White Oak- Importance, Ecology and Management; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

October 27th -BONUS – From Trees to Lumber; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Hocking College School of Natural Resources. Registration fee $10.

November 17th – Winter Tree & Shrub Identification; 9 AM – 3:30 PM; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. Registration fee $10.

November 17th  -Evening BONUS – Stargazing; Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. 5:30 to  PM to 9:30 PM; Registration Fee $10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ForestConnect Webinar: The Future of Oak is in Your Hands-Power point and selected references

Click here for copy of the powerpointt Slides  from the 1-18-2017 Forest Connect Webinar: Forest Connect – Oaks final [Compatibility Mode]-10l5bjj

Oak Forest Ecosystems-Ecology and  Management for Wildlife;  Edited by W.J. McShea and W.M. Healy; 2002; The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore MD; ISBN 0-8018-6745-2

Prescribing Regeneration Treatments for Mixed-Oak Forests in the Mid-Atlantic Region; P.H. Brose et. al.  20o8; USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station; GT-NRS-33

Ohio Forests 2011. 2014. R.H Widmann et. al.; USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station; NRS-90

Characteristics of Mixed-Oak Forest Ecosystems in Southern Ohio Prior to the Reintroduction of Fire. Edited by E.K. Sutherland and T.H. Hutchinson. 2003. USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station; NE-299

Why Care about Oaks?; 2016. D.K. Apsley. Ohio Woodland Journal. Vol. 23 (4); Pages: 30-31. Why Care about Oaks OWJ Fall 2016-1sgmt59

White-tailed deer herbivory on forest regeneration following prescribed fire and thinning treatments in southern Ohio mixed oak forests. Apsley, K., & McCarthy, B. C.  14th Central Hardwoods Forest Conference. Edited by D. Yaussy, D.M. Hix, P.C Goebel, & R.P. Long, Newtown Square, PA, USDA FS. ( 2004 ): 61-69. http://www.fs.fed.us/ne/newtown_square/publications/technical_reports/pdfs/2004/ne_gtr316.pdf

Opportunity to learn more about oaks on January 18, 2017—-The Future of Oak is in Our Hands!

propagaton-2I will be presenting an oak focused webinar next week (Jan 18-noon and 7 PM) via Cornell’s ForestConnect series.  This webinar series is targeted at woodland owners and others interested in private forest lands management.

Although the official title is “Oak Regeneration” my working title is “The Future of Oak is in Our Hands”.  See below for more detail on topics to be covered and information on how to connect.

 

Oak Forest Regeneration.  Dave Apsley, Ohio State University

Wednesday January 18, 2017

Presentations at 12:00 to 1:00 PM and again at 7:00 to 8:00 PM (webinars may run long with questions)

Oaks are the dominate species in much of the central hardwood region of the eastern US. They are also important components of northern hardwood and Appalachian hardwood forests.  Throughout the eastern US oaks are not only pivotal as a timber species and hard mast for wildlife, but they also provide important aesthetic attributes and most importantly stability to ecological communities.  As with many hardwoods, oaks are experiencing regeneration complications and failures.  This webinar will explore the ecological and economic importance of oak, establish the basis for the challenges of oak regeneration, factors that have contributed to regeneration decline, and steps that can be taken.  Collaborative efforts to ensure the continued prominence of oak in Ohio will be discussed as a case study with opportunity in other locations.  Presented by Dave Apsley, Natural Resources Specialist, The Ohio State University.

 

 

Instructions:

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  2. You need to register for each monthly webinar.  There is unlimited space for participants, the ID simply provides you the necessary access.  Obtain your registration ID via:   https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/0fd2318ec3796a188c34be5db4a05ad8   If prompted for a password use “Cornell”.
  3. The registration page prompts you for CEU credits.
  4. After registration you will receive the link to the webinar and a password. The registration can be used for either/both the noon or 7PM presentation. It should go without saying that you should retain that email.
  5. The registration email provides the link you will use the day of the webinar, and can be used at either time.

 

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Jan 18, 2017 12:00 PM (GMT-5:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: ForestConnect – Oak Forest Regeneration

 

Please register through the following link:

https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/0fd2318ec3796a188c34be5db4a05ad8

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

“Identifying Trees in Winter” program offered at the Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp on Friday, November 18

Large, standing dead, American chestnut at Canter's Cave 4-H camp

Large, standing dead, American chestnut at Canter’s Cave 4-H camp

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”, 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 Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp near Jackson on Friday, November 18 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 the afternoon in the woods exploring the wide variety of trees that can be found at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, including the rare bigleaf magnolia, ancient eastern hemlocks, yellow birch and even a massive, standing-dead American chestnut.

“Identifying Trees in Winter” is part of the A Day in the Woods-2nd Friday Series which runs from May through November and is 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, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

For brochures and more information, visit http://u.osu.edu/seohiowoods. A registration fee of $10 will include meal and program materials. To help prepare materials and plan for meals, please RSVP no later than Monday, November 14 by returning a registration form, calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at apsley.1@osu.eduCanter’s Cave 4-H Camp is located at 1362 Cave’s Road, Jackson, OH  45640.

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A Night in the Forest on Friday, November 4, 2016

 

Picture1 Most of us experience the forest during the day, but the forest at night can be quite a different world.   This special evening program features animals that are active in the forest at
night and the majesty of the night sky with minimal light pollution. Program attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Experience the fall forest at night
  • Listen for common and not so common sounds in the forest
  • Learn about owls, bobcats, and other nocturnal animals that are active in the woods of southern Ohio
  • And if the weather cooperates – view the magnificent night sky with minimal light pollution

Featured presenters include Cheryl Mollohan, Wildlife Biologist & Hocking College Wildlife Instructor (retired); Patrick Quackenbush, Naturalist Supervisor for Hocking Hills State Park; and Mark Peter, Vice-President of the Columbus Astronomical Society.bobcat“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, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

This program will take place on November 4 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Vinton Furnace State Forest.  A registration fee of $10 will cover the cost of dinner 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 31.

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Woods Walk in Athens County – October 19th

Below is another opportunity for folks in southeastern Ohio with an interest in woodlands:

Ash Salvage Harvest and the Opportunities Afterwoods-walk

Discussion on:

  • impacts of unwanted species
  • future stand growth
  • wildlife opportunities

 Franz Property* in Athens, OH

 October 19, 2016- 5:00 pm to Dark

 *Carpooling from

ODNR Wildlife/Forestry Office, 360 East State Street, Athens, OH 45701

Wrap up at ODNR Office

Please send RSVP and any questions to:

Stephen Rist-stephen.rist@dnr.state.oh.us-740-272-8519

Propagating Native Trees, Shrubs and Herbs on Friday, October 14th, 2016

 

propagaton-2Many of Ohio’s native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants can be successfully propagated from seed. The key is to understand how they reproduce in nature and to mimic those conditions in your backyard or woodland.  This program is designed to give you an introduction to techniques and resources that you can use to add to the native plant diversity on your property. Program attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how and when to collect the seed of native plants
  • Understand a variety of seed treatments to enhance your success
  • Explore techniques used to vegetatively reproduce some native plants
  • Learn about Ohio’s Pollinator Initiative and how you can help restore native pollinators
  • Become familiar with the importance of site selection and maintenance for the success of your planting

Featured presenters include Gerald “Trey” Scott, Zone Botanist with the U.S. Forest Service at Wayne National Forest; Perry Brannan, Service Forester with the ODNR Division of Forestry; and Charlie Allen, Wildlife Biologist with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pollinator Program.

propagation-5“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, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

This program will take place on October 14 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Wayne National Forest Headquarters.  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 10. As an added bonus you’ll have the opportunity to discover the wonder and beauty of the Wayne National Forest and experience the natural beauty of wildflowers, trees, herbs, and shrubs found there.

Location: Wayne National Forest Headquarters, 13700 US-33, Nelsonville, OH 45764, United States map

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Thanks to All Who Helped with the Chainsaw Safety Training at the Gwynne!

Thanks to all who helped to make the chainsaw training at the Farm Science Review a success.

Three beautiful (but hot) days + 4 experts with extensive knowledge= 6 hours of great training.

Over the 3 days 97 people attended all or part of the training and demonstrations at the Gwynne.  If this training helps to prevent one injury it was well worth it!

Special thanks to Dale Hatfield, Hocking College; Tom Schuman, ODNR-Division of Forestry; Scott Smith, Bryan Equipment; and Scott Brenner, Endor’s Arborist & Rope Supply for sharing their valuable experience at this valuable training.  All so thanks to Brad Perkins for helping to arrange speakers and setting up the training site, and to Mary Griffith for helping to work us into the schedule and for promoting the event.

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Wildlife and Human Interactions program offered to woodland owners and enthusiasts in SE Ohio at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, September 9th

 

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Ever since the first humans set foot in Ohio more than 10,000 years ago, human and wildlife populations have been interconnected.  This relationship changed considerably after settlement and expansion of Europeans in the 1800’s and early 1900’s and resulted in several species being completely eliminated from the state. Now many of these species are on the rebound, but new threats to these and other species are rising.  Join us at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on September 9 to learn about the fascinating relationships between human and wildlife populations. Program attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore historic trends in both wildlife and human populations in Ohio
  • Understand the influence of past land-use on forest succession and wildlife habitat
  • Understand the effects of hunting and trapping on wildlife populations
  • Learn about factors like invasive species and diseases that can influence wildlife

Featured presenters include Gabe Karns, Researcher with the Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Laboratory at the Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources; Jennifer Finfera, Wildlife Biologist, United States Fish and Wildlife Service; and Lee Crocker, Regional Biologist, National Wild Turkey Federation.

“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, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

This program will take place from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur. 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 5.

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Streams and Streamside Forests program offered to woodland owners and enthusiasts in SE Ohio at the Zaleski State Forest on Friday, August 26th

IMG_2942 Streamside forests and wooded watersheds play a key role in providing clean water and quality habitat for both aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. Trees, especially those along streamsides, absorb nutrients and trap soil particles minimizing their impact on fish and the organisms that they feed on. Forested watersheds and wetlands can also help to reduce the severity of flooding and provide for a more consistent flow of clean water for human consumption.  Program attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about watersheds and how humans can impact them
  • Understand the role of streamside forests in keeping streams healthy and productive
  • Watch an electrofishing demonstration and learn about other sampling techniques used to study streams
  • Explore common macroinvertebrates and their use as indicators of water quality

You will have the opportunity to get in a creek and help with seining for aquatic insects. So if you want to jump in, be sure to bring an old pair of tennis shoes or waders and an extra set of dry clothes.

Featured presenters include Jerry Iles, OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator from Fairfield County; Amy Mackey, Raccoon Creek Watershed Coordinator from Ohio University’s Voinovich School; and Sarah Landers, Raccoon Creek Water Quality Specialist from Ohio University’s Voinovich School.

“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, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

This program will take place from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Hope School House Interpretive Center in Zaleski State Forest located at approximately 28000 Wheelabout Road, McArthur.  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 August 22.

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Map of Hope School Interpretive Center

From State Route 278 (Across from the Lake Hope Dam) turn east on Wheelabout Road. After 0.2 miles turn right to stay on Wheelabout Road. After crossing the bridge over Raccoon Creek the location will be on your left.

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Preparing Your Woods for an Uncertain Future program offered to woodland owners and enthusiasts in SE Ohio at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, August 12th

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 No one can predict the future with absolute certainty, but there are several trends that are difficult to deny. Extreme weather events are more common, temperatures appear to be warming, precipitation is becoming more variable, and populations of invasive species like emerald ash borer and tree-of-heaven continue to rise. All of these factors can impact your woods. National and global timber markets are also influencing the value of your timber resources.

Preparing Your Woods for an Uncertain Future is designed to help landowners better understand the potential impacts that these trends may have on their woodlands.  Most importantly, the program will introduce you to some proactive strategies to minimize these risks, and improve the health and resiliency of your woodland for future generations.

Featured presenters include Patricia Butler, Climate Change Outreach Specialist, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science; Tom Macy, Forest Health Administrator, ODNR-Division of Forestry; Matt Bumgardner, Forest Products Technologist, USFS Northern Research Station; Louis Iverson, Research Landscape Ecologist, USFS Northern Research Station; and Dave Apsley, Natural Resources Specialist, OSU Extension. Speakers will address the following topics:

  • Past trends and predicted changes in climate and extreme weather events
  • Understanding the adaptability and vulnerability of our oak dominated woodlands to these trends
  • Invasive plants, insects and diseases that pose current and future threats to our woodlands
  • Global timber markets and how they may impact the value of your trees
  • Learn how to minimize risks to your woods by increasing the diversity of native species, enhancing individual tree health and minimizing the pressures of invasive species.

“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, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

This program will take place from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur.  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 August 8.

 

For a brochure with more information about this and upcoming programs click here: 2016 DAY in the WOODS Brochure-Final

For a map and directions to the Vinton Furnace State Forest:   Directions – Experimental Forest

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Opportunity to spend “A Day in the Woods” and learn tree identification July 22 at Hocking College

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Tamarack or eastern larch

One of the first steps to improving your woodland is to know 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. You will have the opportunity to use the key to identify a wide assortment of tree samples in the classroom, then explore the Hocking College woodlands with foresters to reinforce your leaf identification skills and to learn to use other characteristics, such as bark, branching, tree form, and site to help identify trees.

This program will is hosted by Hocking College and will take place at on July 22 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Natural Resources Building on the Hocking College campus located at 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764. The Natural Resources Building is located on the north end of the campus. Parking is available in the North Lot located on the east side of Hocking Parkway.  For a map, brochure and more information, visit http://u.osu.edu/seohiowoods. A registration fee of $10 will include lunch and program materials. To help prepare materials and plan for meals, please RSVP no later than Monday, July 18 by returning a registration form, calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at apsley.1@osu.edu.

“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, U.S. Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter, Ohio Tree Farm Committee and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

Future 2nd Friday Series programs scheduled for 2016 include: Preparing Your Woods for an Uncertain Future (Aug. 12, Vinton Furnace State Forest); Streams and Streamside Forests (Aug. 26, Zaleski State Forest); Wildlife and Interactions (Sept. 9, Vinton Furnace State Forest); Propagating Native Trees, Shrubs and Herbs (Oct. 14, Wayne National Forest); A Night in the Forest (Nov. 4, Vinton Furnace State Forest), and Winter Tree Identification (Nov. 18, Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp).

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Periodical Cicadas: Effects on Woods and Wildlife offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, July 8th.

IMG_4055 - CopyNow that the constant drone of cicadas is quieting and many of your trees are exhibiting broken and wilted branch tips, you may be wondering about the seriousness of any inflicted damage. What you may not have thought about are the effects of cicadas on wildlife populations. The “A Day in the Woods-2nd Friday Series” program on July 8 will investigate the phenomenon of the 17-year periodical cicada in detail.  Featured speakers for this program include Joe Boggs, entomologist-OSU Extension; Mark Wiley, wildlife biologist-ODNR Division of Wildlife; and Tim McDermott, D.V.M-OSU Extension.

This program is designed to help you:

  • Explore the life cycle of this amazing insect
  • Learn about the damage that cicadas cause to your trees and shrubs
  • Understand the relationships between cicadas, wild turkey and other wildlife
  • Become familiar with some other insects and their interactions with forests and wildlife
  • Learn about ticks, the diseases that they can transmit and how to protect your family and pets

 

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“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, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

 

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This program will take place from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur. 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 July 1.

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“Building and Maintaining Woodland Roads and Trails” program offered to woodland owners and enthusiasts in SE Ohio at the Hocking State Forest on Friday, June 10th.

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Are you thinking about building a new road or trail to better access your woods for hunting, hiking or gathering firewood? Do you have wet areas or ruts on your existing trails? “Building and Maintaining Woodland Roads and Trails” may be just what you need. This program is designed to help you:

  • Design and layout new woodland roads and trails
  • Become familiar with techniques for trail construction
  • Understand how to repair and maintain existing roads and trails
  • Appreciate Best Management Practices (BMP’s) and the importance of managing water on roads and trails

“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, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

For brochures and more information about our 2016 slate of programs for woodland owners and enthusiasts, visit http://go.osu.edu/seohiowoods. This program will take place from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Hocking State Forest Headquarters (Office) at 19275 SR 374, Rockbridge, OH. 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 June 6.

Link to detailed map of Hocking State Forest:

http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/forestry/PDFs/SF/hocking.pdf

 

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The Hocking State Forest Office is located about 0.4 miles just north of the intersection of OH 374 and Big Pine Road.

SEOWIG offers tour of Dave and Pam Schatz’ Tree Farm on June 25

Publication1You are invited to join SEOWIG for a tour of Dave and Pam Schatz’ Tree Farm located three miles from Tuppers Plains, Meigs County, Ohio.  Dave is a retired ODNR service forester and long time SEOWIG member.  He along with service foresters Perry Brannan and Cameron Bushong will guide us along trails observing various forest management practices.  Mature stands of Virginia pine were clear cut in 1999.  Several acres were replanted to loblolly pine while most of the area was left to regenerate to native hardwoods.  We will observe management practices that have been carried out in the form of thinning, corrective pruning of hardwoods on mainly oak and cherry, and most recently crop tree release.  Growth responses will be noted.  Other subjects covered will be white oak mortality, what is a crop tree, wildlife management considerations, aesthetics, as well as forest access trail establishment and maintenance.  

 In addition, for those interested, Pam will show what they have done with extensive plantings of hosta and lilies.  The hosta number close to two hundred plants with nearly thirty varieties.   Deer control will be discussed with regard to the hosta and lilies.

 This event is free and open to everyone.  The tour begins 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 25, and will last roughly 2 hours.   Visit www.seowig.weebly.com  for directions and more information.

 

May 13 Spring Edible presentations available!

It took a while, but here are the presentation from the May 13th “A DAY in the WOODS” program.

Rebecca Wood’s presentation on edible plants:

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Wildfirst Aid Notes – Rebecca Wood 2016

Tanner’ Filyaw’s Ramp presentation:

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“Spring Edible Plants” program offered to woodland owners and enthusiasts in SE Ohio at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, May 13th.

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Rebecca Wood our featured presenter from Hopewood Holistic Health

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 13 “A Day in the Woods” program will be “Spring Edible Plants.” The featured guest presenter is Rebecca Wood from Hopewood Holistic Health. Rebecca is an Herbalist and Ethnobotanist.  She recently retired from Hocking College where she taught a variety of classes including field botany, plant identification and herbal studies.

This educational program is designed to help you:

  • Learn to identify many of the edible plants found in SE Ohio
  • Understand the ecology of these plants
  • Learn to recognize some common woodland mushrooms
  • Become familiar with the many resources available to help you further understand the nutritional and medicinal value of these plants and mushrooms

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  • Explore edible and medicinal plants at Vinton Furnace State Forest

“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, 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, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

For brochures and more information about our full slate of programs for 2016, visit http://go.osu.edu/seohiowoods.  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 May 9.

“A DAY in the WOODS – 2nd Friday Series” brochure now available

Our brochure for the 2016 A DAY in the WOODS- 2nd Friday Series brochure is now available electronically.  Thanks to all of you who helped to pull this program together for 2016.

Link to PDF version of the brochure: 2016 DAY in the WOODS Brochure-Final

Our friends at Glatfelter have once again offered to print this brochure for distribution.  Printed copies will soon be available at a location near you. We are looking forward to seeing you in 2016.

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