“Woodland and Wildlife Research” program offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, October 11th.

White oak seedling being measured to track survival and growth

The Vinton Furnace Experimental Forest (VFEF), which is within the Vinton Furnace State Forest, is one of 22 experimental forests operated by the U.S. Forest Service in the Northeast and Midwest. Scientists have been conducting studies at VFEF since the early 1950s. Current projects are focused on a number of topics that include basic and applied research on the ecology and management of oak forests and wildlife. Topics and field tour sites presented at this workshop include:

  • Learn about long-term research at VFEF on the production of hard mast (acorns, hickory nuts, beech nuts).  How and why does it vary from year to year?  Can it be predicted based on weather conditions or other factors?  How may it shift in the future as the climate changes?
  • Visit a research site where the focus is on improving the survival and growth of white oak seedlings.
  • Learn about breeding bird research that is being carried out at VFEF, including studies that focus on blue jays and acorns, and whippoorwills.
  • Vinton Furnace sustains a population of the state-endangered timber rattlesnake.  Extensive research is being conducted to learn more about the timber rattlesnake at VFEF, including its habitat, seasonal movements, and reproduction.

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Help is now available to assist with removal of rhododendrons and lilacs potentially infected with sudden oak death pathogen

We are partnering to initiate a response to the potential introduction of  the pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death in southeastern Ohio.  If you know anyone who purchased a rhododendron or lilac plant from Walmart or Rural King this spring, please share this post with them.  Thanks!  Dave Apsley

YouTube Video discussing  Sudden Oak Death and response in SE OHIO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADAH6zdkOY8

On July 16, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), in coordination with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) issued a press release indicating that sudden oak death caused by Phytophthora ramorum was detected on rhododendron and lilac plants shipped to Walmart and Rural King stores throughout the state. We have since learned that potentially infected plants were shipped to Wal-Mart and Rural King stores in the following southeastern Ohio cities: Athens, Chillicothe, Gallipolis, Jackson, Logan, Marietta, New Boston, Saint Clairsville, South Point, Waverly, West Union, and Zanesville.

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Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases

Our July edition of Tree-Talk focuses on ticks and tick-borne diseases.   Our special guests this month are ANR Educators Tim McDermott, DVM (Franklin County) and Marcus McCartney (Washington County).  Check out these videos to learn how you can protect your family, pets and livestock from the increasing threat of ticks and the diseases that they carry.

Full episode (29 minutes) including Marcus McCartney’s personal experience with Lyme disease: https://youtu.be/bKkTeJozh1U

Protecting yourself from ticks (3:30 minutes): https://youtu.be/3AwOzLxk5_g

Tick removal (3:41 minutes): https://youtu.be/9HPAuG8cS9Y

 

Useful websites:

https://u.osu.edu/tick  (click on the tick tab on the top left of the page)

https://tickencounter.org

http://tickreport.com

 

 

Women Owning Woodlands- Non-Timber Forest Products Discussion on June 11 in Albany

Date: Tuesday, June 11th
Time: 5:15 p.m.– 7:00 p.m.

Location: Rural Action (at the Kuhre Center) 9030 Hocking Hills Drive The Plains, Ohio

Contact: Jamie Dahl and Cierra Bailey jdahl@centralstate.edu cierra@ruralaction.org

Register: Please email both Cierra & Jamie to sign-up so we can plan for refreshments (though drop-ins are also welcome)
Feel free to bring a friend, all are welcome!
Come for the whole session or pop-in for any portion of the time.
If you need any special accommodations, please let us know as far in advance as possible.

“Woodland Critters: Non-game Wildlife” program offered to woodland owners and enthusiasts in SE Ohio at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, June 14

Photo Credit: ODNR-Division of Wildlife/Tim Daniel

Most folks are familiar with white-tailed deer, wild turkey and many of the critters that they regularly see in their woodlands, but there are many other wildlife species that are a bit more elusive. Gray tree frogs, flying squirrels, redback salamanders, gray ratsnakes and many other wildlife species are frequently present in our local woodlands, but they often go unnoticed. Join Don Althoff, (University of Rio Grande), Kaylin Callander (Lake Hope State Park), Laura Kearns (ODNR-Division of Wildlife) and Lindsay Rist (ODNR-Division of Wildlife) on June 14 to learn where and when to look for these fascinating critters.  You’ll also learn about their life histories and the habitat needs.

This program will take place at on June 14 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Vinton Furnace State Forest, near McArthur, OH.

For a map with directions to help you find the forest, click here: Directions – Experimental Forest

For a brochure with registration information, click here: A DAY in THE WOODS 2019 Brochure Final Low Res-20zbq6d

A $12 registration entitles participants to lunch and program materials.  To help us make preparations,  please RSVP no later than  Monday, June 10 by mailing a registration form, calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at apsley.1@osu.edu.

Since 2012, “A Day in the Woods” has offered more than 60 programs with more than 100 presenters for woodland owners and enthusiasts just like you.

“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.

 

Cooperative Extension offers Tree Talk on OSU South Centers’ YouTube channel

The Ohio State University South Centers’ YouTube channel records Tree Talk programs on the second Thursday of each month.  Dave Apsley, Natural Resources Specialist with Ohio State University Extension, and Jamie Dahl, Forest Outreach Coordinator with Central State University Extension serve as the hosts.  Tree Talk covers a wide range of topics of interest to woodland owners and enthusiasts.

Click on this hotlink (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-NSWPUhldRR9Z0HiXHHNRGnqOjSs7JSN) or search for OSU South Centers Tree Talk in your web browser for a complete listing of programs.

Here are some of the latest recordings:

“Tree and Shrub Identification” offered by “A DAY in the WOODS” at Hocking College on May 24

Trees of Ohio-Field Guide Produced by ODNR-Division of Wildlife and Forestry. You’ll receive your copy of this new publication

One of the first steps to improving your woodland is to learn the species of trees and shrubs that grow there.  However, with the amazing diversity of trees found in Appalachian Ohio, this can be a daunting task.  Fortunately, with a little coaching and some practice, we are confident that you are up to the challenge.

Woodland owners and enthusiasts of all skill levels will be sure to benefit from “Tree and Shrub Identification” offered at Hocking College on May 24. First, you will learn to use a simple leaf key to guide you through the process of tree identification. Then you will have the opportunity to practice your skills using the key to identify a wide assortment of tree samples in the classroom.  Later you will explore the woodlands around Hocking College with experienced foresters (a.k.a. tree geeks) to reinforce your tree and shrub identification skills.  You will also learn about other characteristics, such as bark, branching, tree shape, and site conditions to help you to identify trees and shrubs at any time of the year.

Leaf Identifcation Key to Eighty-Eight Ohio Trees. You’ll also receive a copy of this key and learn to use it.

This program, hosted by Hocking College, will take place at on May 24 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.  The $12 registration entitles participants to lunch and program materials.  To help prepare materials and plan for meals, please RSVP no later than the Monday, May 20 by mailing in a registration form, calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at apsley.1@osu.edu.

Click here for directions and a parking map: Hocking College Campus – Parking Map-1e7za5e

Click here for A DAY in the WOODS Brochure: A DAY in THE WOODS 2019 Brochure Final Low Res-20zbq6d

Since 2012, “A DAY in the WOODS” has offered 61 programs with more than 2,500 participants attending. More than 100 natural resources professionals have presented these programs to woodland owners and enthusiast just like you.  For brochures and more details about our full slate of programs for 2019, visit http://u.osu.edu/seohiowoods.

“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 (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.

 

“Spring Edible Plants” program offered to woodland owners and enthusiasts at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, May 10th

Southeastern Ohio’s woodlands are home to a rich assortment of plants ranging from our majestic oaks to the most delicate understory herbs. “Spring Edible Plants” will be the focus of the May 10 “A Day in the Woods-2nd Friday Series” program at the Vinton Furnace State Forest. This program will feature multiple guest presenters who will cover a wide range of spring edible topics in both indoor and outdoor sessions.  Join us as we:

  • Explore the spring woods in search of edible plants and fungi
  • Learn about the health benefits that many of these plants can provide
  • Discover ways that you can prepare these plants to add variety to your diet
  • Learn about some of the edible fungi that you may find and can grow in your own backyard

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 6.

 Since 2012, “A DAY in the WOODS” has offered 61 programs with more than 2,500 participants attending. These programs have been presented by more than 100 natural resources professionals to woodland owners and enthusiast just like you.

Click here for directions and a map to the Vinton Furnace State forest: Directions – Experimental Forest

Click here for a brochure with registraiton information and more details about our full slate of programs for 2019: A DAY in THE WOODS 2019 Brochure Final Low Res-20zbq6d

 

“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 (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, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

Be sure to mark your calendar so you don’t miss any of these opportunities to spend A DAY in the WOODS:

  • Spring Edibles from Your Woods, May 10, Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Tree Identification, Bonus Friday-May 24, Hocking College-Natural Resources Building
  • Non-game Wildlife, June 14, Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Woodland Stewardship Opportunities, July 12, Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Hemlock Ecosystems and Night Sounds, August 9, Camp Oty’Okwa and Hocking State Forest
  • Timber Harvesting-Things to Consider, September 13,  Zaleski  State Forest-ODNR Complex
  • Family Day in the Woods, Saturday, September 14, Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Woodland and Wildlife Research, October 11, Vinton Furnace State Forest
  • Winter Tree Identification, November 8,  Zaleski State Forest-ODNR

Women Owning Woodlands – Social & Listening Session

Jamie Dahl, Forest Outreach Coordinator for Central State University Extension is hosting a Women Owning Woodlands gathering for folks to get to know each other and determine the type of programming that you would like to see in Appalachian Ohio.

The event will take place on Monday, May 6 from 5:15 pm to 7 pm at the Wells (Albany) Public Library, 5200 Washington Rd., Albany, OH

Please email Jamie Dahl for more information or to RSVP: jdahl@centralstate.edu

CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD a FLIER

Please bring a friend, all are welcome!