Measuring the Trees in Your Woods – Virtual “A DAY in the WOODS” offered on July 10

Please join us for  Measuring the Trees in Your Woods – Virtual  “A DAY in the WOODS” on July 10.

This program will consist of a a homework assignment and a one hour live Zoom Webinar from 10 am to 11 am on July 10.  Topics covered include:

  • Making a Tree Measuring Stick (See homework assignment below)
  • Measuring tree diameter
  • Pacing with accuracy
  • Measuring merchantable height of trees
  • Determining the board foot volume of trees

Homework assignment: Please download and watch this 13:45 minute video:

 and make your own Tree Measuring Stick (a.k.a. cruiser stick) prior to the July 10th program. 

  1. To determine which table to use from below watch the first 2:40  minutes of this video.
  2. A 25 inch arm reach works for most people here is the appropriate table: Standard 25 inch reach – Measuring Stick  Download and print the table before you proceed with the video.
  3. If after watching the first few minutes of the video you  determine that another arm reach would be better,  download and print the appropriate table below**.

**Note: The scale on the Merritt Hypsometer, used to estimate the number of logs in a trees, also varies with arm reach. The correct interval for a 16 foot log is highlighted in yellow on each table. 

If you cannot find the arm reach that you need to make your stick, just send me an email with the reach that you need and I’ll create a table for you (

This program is free for all participants, but space is limited.   To register for the webinar go to:

Once your register you will receive a confirmation email with log-in information for the live Zoom program at 10 am on June 12.  The email will also contain contact informaton incase you have questions about how to make your Tree Measuring Stick.

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, USDA-Forest Service (Northern Research Station, State and Private Forestry and the Wayne NF), USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Vinton-Hocking-Athens Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Central State University Extension, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee. Since 2012, “A Day in the Woods” has offered 70 programs with more than 100 presenters for nearly 3,000 woodland owners and enthusiasts just like you.

Click here to download brochure:  2020 Brochure Final


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