“Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants” program offered to woodland owners in SE Ohio at the Hocking College Nature Center on Friday, September 10

One of the bushMorrow honeysuckle

One of the non-native bush honeysuckles (Morrow’s honeysuckle) found in Ohio

Are you seeing aggressive plants encroaching on your woodland property but aren’t sure what they are?  Do you already know about non-native invasive plants but don’t know how to control them?  This program “Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants” may be just for you.  It will take place at the Hocking College Nature Center in Nelsonville, OH on September 10 from 9 am to 3:30 pm.

The program will take place entirely in the field and is designed to help woodland owners learn how to identify and manage non-native invasive species.   We’ll have several experienced foresters and natural resources specialists from Hocking College, ODNR-Division of Forestry, Athens SWCD, Vinton SWCD, The National Wild Turkey Federation and OSU Extension on hand to assist with this program. The program will start with an introduction to some of the more common non-native invasive species in SE Ohio.  It will include demonstrations of equipment and techniques, and discussions about herbicides and safety.  We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each technique to help you devise a strategy for your woodland property.

If you suspect you’ve got an invasive plant but aren’t sure, feel free to bring pictures or a sample in a plastic bag. We’ll do our best to assist you with identification.

A registration fee of $12 per person (payable on the day of the event by cash or check to Vinton SWCD) includes a box lunch and program materials.  Registration is required on or before September 6.  To register email Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu, or by call Cheri Porter or Dave Runkle at the Vinton SWCD. 740-596-5676.

We plan to hold most of this program in the woods in small groups of approximately 10.   We will follow the COVID-19 protocols that are in place at the time.   Please bring a face covering to use when:

  • you are indoors and not fully vaccinated
  • it makes you comfortable

There is no actual address for the old nature center, but it is on Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764.  There is a parking lot for the old nature center on the north edge of campus (across the road from the RR bridge that crosses the Hocking River).  So I highly recommend using the GPS coordinates: 39.447848, -82.224709 or the map below (see red place marker).  We will place some A DAY in the WOODS yellow signs along Hocking Parkway and at the parking area

Click here for a map!


“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, Ohio Forestry Association Foundation and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee. Since 2012, “A Day in the Woods” has offered nearly 80 programs with more than 100 presenters for nearly 4,000 woodland owners and enthusiasts just like you.



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