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

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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. 7 PM to 10 PM; No Registration Fee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

  1. Read all these instructions.
  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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Coyote in southern Ohio hayfield

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).

Hocking College Campus – Parking Map

2016 DAY in the WOODS Brochure-Final

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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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Directions – Experimental Forest

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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Multi-purpose woodland road/trail on Ohio State Forest

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

 

Map Hocking SF.

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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    Colorful addition to lunch at our last edible class

  • 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.

Brochure Cover 2016

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