Family Forests and Carbon webinar resources are now available

Our final A DAY in the WOODS program for 2022 focused on Family Forests and Carbon.

Featured presentations included:

“Carbon 101”, Charles Levesque – President, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions, LLC and Coordinator, Securing Northeast Forest Carbon Program

“Ohio’s Family Forest Carbon Program (AFF/TNC)”, Tristan Kinnison – American Forest Foundation

“Examples of current Forest Carbon projects in Ohio”, Anthony Pappas – Heritage Habitat & Forestry, LLC

“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 Soil and Water Conservation District, Central State University Extension, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, Ohio Forestry Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ruffed Grouse Society, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, Pheasants and Quail Forever, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

Managing Oaks for Wildlife offered on October 14 at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

Oak-dominated woodlands provide many important habitat elements for a wide variety of woodland animals from salamanders and song-birds to wild turkey and white-tailed deer.  Many of these animals depend on acorns to get them through Ohio’s winters, but oaks provide many other advantages for wildlife.  Oaks also benefit from many of these relationships and depend on wildlife like blue jays and squirrels to disperse and plant their acorns in suitable locations.   Even though oak-dominated forests are still common in southeastern Ohio, we are seeing trends that are concerning.

Join us on October 14 at the Vinton Furnace State (Experimental) forest to:

  • Learn about the fascinating relationships between oaks and a wide array of wildlife species.
  • Increase your knowledge of the ecological and economic benefits of oak-dominated forests.
  • Understand the increasing concerns that we have for the future of oak-dominated forests in southeastern Ohio and the efforts of Ohio’s Interagency Forestry Team to address them.
  •  Learn about oak regeneration and the role of fire and other disturbances in the process.
  • Become aware of the resources and opportunities  available to you as a woodland owner to enhance oaks on you property.

Featured presenters include Stephen Mathews (Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources); Rebecca Snell (Ohio University); Mark Wiley (ODNR Division of Wildlife); Stephanie Downs (ODNR Division of Forestry), and Dave Apsley (Ohio State University Extension).

This program will take place on October 14th at the Vinton Furnace State from 9 AM to 3 PM.   A registration fee of $12 will cover the cost of lunch and program materials. Please use one of the following methods to register by October 10th: register and pay online at http://go.osu.edu/vintonswcd; call the Vinton Soil and Water Conservation District 740-596-5676; or email Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu.

Directions – Experimental 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 Soil and Water Conservation District, Central State University Extension, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, Ohio Forestry Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ruffed Grouse Society, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative,  and Pheasants and Quail Forever, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

 

 

‘A Night in the Forest: Nocturnal wildlife and night skies’ offered by A DAY in the WOODS on Friday, September 9 at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

Photo courtesy of the ODNR Division of Wildlife

The forest is a wonderful and mysterious place especially at night.  Join us on September 9th for “A Night in the Forest: Nocturnal wildlife and night skies”.  This special evening program by A DAY in the WOODS will take place at the Vinton Furnace State Forest.  Program attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Experience the forest at night

  • Discover some common and not so common night sounds in the forest

  • Learn about chimney swifts, nightjars and eastern whip-poor-wills

  • Search for moths and caterpillars and other nocturnal insects

  • “Listen” to bats and learn about echolocation

  • And if the weather cooperates – view the magnificent night sky with minimal light pollution

Wildlife biologists and other natural resources personnel from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio State University, School of Environment and Natural Resources will be on hand to lead the wildlife portion of the program.   George Eberts and the Ohio University Astronomy Club will be on site with telescopes to interpret the night sky.

 

This program will take place on September 9th at the Vinton Furnace State from 6:30 to 10 PM.   A registration fee of $12 will cover the cost of a light evening meal and program materials.

 

Please use one of the following methods to register by September 5th: register and pay online at http://go.osu.edu/vintonswcd; call the Vinton Soil and Water Conservation District 740-596-5676; or email Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu.

 

If you’ve got one handy, please bring a headlight or flashlight.

Directions – Experimental 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 Soil and Water Conservation District, Central State University Extension, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, Ohio Forestry Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ruffed Grouse Society, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative,  and Pheasants and Quail Forever, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

“Identifying the Trees in Your Woods” offered by A DAY in the WOODS on August 12

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.  “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 diverse woodlands at the Vinton Furnace State Forest  with experienced foresters.  This will help to reinforce your leaf identification skills and to help you to learn to use other characteristics, such as bark, twigs and buds, tree form and shape, and even site or location to help you identify trees.

 

This program will take place at the Vinton Furnace State Forest (Directions – Experimental Forest)

and runs from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM.   A registration fee of $12 will cover the cost of lunch and your copy of Leaf Identification Key to Eighty-eight Ohio Trees

 

Please use one of the following methods to register by August 8:

 

For  brochures and more information upcomming programs visit: ADIW BROCHURE

 

Don’t forget to check out our tree identification videos at: go.osu.edu/treeid

 

 “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 Soil and Water Conservation District, Central State University Extension, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, Ohio Forestry Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College,  Ruffed Grouse Society, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, Pheasants and Quail Forever, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

 

“Native Grasslands and Pollinator Habitat for Wildlife” offered by A DAY in the WOODS on July 22nd in Meigs County

 

Are you interested in supporting wildlife by creating native grassland and pollinator habitat on your land? Are there areas of your property that you want to keep open or are not well-suited to growing trees? Woodland openings, old pastures, lawn, and unused hay fields present opportunities to create native grassland and pollinator habitats. Managing these upland habitats along with healthy woodlands is the key to providing year-round food and cover for game birds, songbirds, deer, pollinating insects, and many other desirable wildlife species.

 

Join us on Friday, July 22 in Meigs County to:

  • See a real-life example of pollinator habitat that was created and is actively managed by a private landowner with support from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP.)

  • View a live demonstration of equipment commonly used to create and manage grassland and pollinator habitats.

  • Learn how to identify areas of your property that are suitable for native grasslands and pollinator habitat.

  • Discuss challenges and solutions for managing upland habitats once they are established.

  • Become familiar with common native forbs and grasses that attract desirable wildlife.

  • Participate in collecting and identifying insects that use pollinator habitat.

  • Consider how multiple habitat types can be managed on your property and how they combine to support Ohio’s wildlife.

  • Discover resources and assistance available to help you establish and improve wildlife habitat on your own property.

 

Resource professionals from Ohio State University Extension, local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Pheasants and Quail Forever, the United States Forest Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be present to share information and answer your questions.

 

The field day will take place on July 22nd from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at:

Re-Gen Farm and Forest Products Inc.

40518 Township Hwy 247, Pomeroy, Ohio 45769

 

Here is a Google Maps link to the event location:

go.osu.edu/pollinator-location

 

Look for the yellow and green  A DAY in the WOODS signs leading to the parking area. A registration fee of $12 will cover the cost of lunch and program materials.

 

Please bring a water bottle. Water coolers will be available on site. Portable chairs, sunscreen, hats, and bug spray are also recommended, according to your needs. Wear comfortable, protective shoes that will support you when walking up and down hills at a comfortable pace on mown grass trails.

Please use one of the following methods to register by July 18:

 

“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 Soil and Water Conservation District, Central State University Extension, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, Ohio Forestry Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ruffed Grouse Society, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative,  and Pheasants and Quail Forever, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

 

Tools and equipment for managing your woodland and wildlife habitat offered to woodland owners and enthusiasts in SE Ohio at Hocking College on Friday, July 15

Swedish brush axe

Caring for you woodlands can be overwhelming at times.  Fortunately, there is a wide array of tools and equipment that can help to make these tasks much more efficient and effective. These tools can be as simple as a hatchet or as sophisticated as an an off-road vehicle with a GPS guided sprayer.   Join us on Friday, July 15 at Hocking College to:

  • Learn how to select, maintain, and safely use chainsaws
  • Understand how to safely operate your small farm tractors and off-road vehicles
  • Become familiar with a wide variety of power and manual tools you can use to improve your woodlands and wildlife habitat
  • Learn how to operate hand-held and vehicle mounted spray equipment safely and effectively

Our featured presenter for this program is Dale Hatfield, Hocking College-Forest and Tree Care Manager, Building and Grounds.   Dale is also an instructor for the Ohio Forestry Association’s CSAW (Chainsaw Safety Awareness that Works) training program.  Dale’s crew and Natural Resources professionals from partnering agencies including Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts will be on hand to demonstrate equipment and share pro tips.

This program will take place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Hocking College –  Sylvania Educational Site,  17690 Sylvania Ave, Nelsonville Ohio 45764. A registration fee of $12 will cover the cost of lunch and program materials.

Please use one of the following methods to register by July 11th:

For a map and more details 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, Vinton Soil and Water Conservation District, Central State University Extension, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, Ohio Forestry Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ruffed Grouse Society, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, Pheasants and Quail Forever, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

“Woodlands and Water Day” offered to woodland owners and enthusiasts in SE Ohio at the Zaleski State Forest on Friday, June 10th

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 stream sides, 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 macroinvertebrates and other indicators of water quality
  • Enjoy an optional guided float down Raccoon Creek (additional fee of $12)

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 Carrie Brown, ANR Educator-OSU Extension Fairfield County; Amy Mackey,Raccoon Creek Watershed Coordinator-Ohio University’s Voinovich School; Levi Arnold, Region 7  Watershed Manager-ODA Division of Soil & Water Conservation; Bob Mulligan, Forest Hydrology Manager- Ohio Division of Forestry; Jenna Balazs,Watershed Education and Outreach Coordinator-Hocking Soil and Water Conservation District; Rebecca Miller, Education Specialist-Hocking Soil and Water Conservatoin District; Kelly Capuzzi, State Fisheries Biologist-Ohio EPA; and Kaylin Callander, Naturalist- Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Watercraft.

This program will take place from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Hope School House Interpretive Center in Zaleski State Forest located at approximately 28000 Wheelabout Road, McArthur.  A registration fee of $12 will cover the cost of lunch and program materials.  An optional float trip will take place from approximately 2:15 to 6:00 PM.  An additional fee of $12 Canoe or Kayak rental, and shuttle. Be sure to let us know if you’re planning to join us on the float trip.

Please use one of the following methods to register by June 8th:

  • Register and pay online: http://go.osu.edu/vintonswcd  Select June 10 (be sure to also select June 10 float if you plan to kayak)
  • Call:  Vinton Soil and Water Conservation District (740-596-5676)
  • Email: Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu

 

“Understory Plants in Your Woodland” offered by A DAY in the WOODS to woodland owners and enthusiasts in SE Ohio at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, May 13th

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 “Understory Plants in Your Woodland.” Featured presenters are Homer Elliott – Wildlife & Natural Resources Faculty at Hocking College, Todd Hutchinson- Research Ecologist – USFS Northern Research Station, Badger Johnson – Climate Resilience Coordinator at Rural Action, and Rebecca Wood, Director of Hopewood Holistic Health. “Understory Plants in Your Woodland” is designed to help you:

  • Learn to identify many of the understory plants found in SE Ohio

  • Understand the ecology of these plants

  • 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

  • Explore understory plants and fungi at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

This program will take place at the Vinton Furnace State Forest and runs from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM.   A registration fee of $12 will cover the cost of lunch and program materials.  Please use one of the following methods to register by May 9th:

For  brochures and more information: 2022 A DAY In the WOODS Brochure

 

Directions – Experimental 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 Soil and Water Conservation District, Central State University Extension, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, Ohio Forestry Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College,  Ruffed Grouse Society, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, Pheasants and Quail Forever, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

“Using Technology to Map and Care for Your Woodlands” resources available from the A DAY in the WOODS program on April 8, 2022

These are the recordings from “Using Technology to Map and Care for Your Woodlands”  A DAY in the WOODS program on 4-8-22.  Unfortunately, the audio quality is not great.  See bottom half of this post for supplemental information (power point slides and instructions) and more detailed recordings from 10/9/2020.

My Land Plan and Google Earth (Dave Apsley, OSU Extension; 23:32 min)

 

Adding a Soil Series Layer to Google Earth PRO

Note:  One of our partcipantes shared this link which provides a soils layer for Google Earth: https://casoilresource.lawr.ucdavis.edu/soil_web/kml/SoilWeb.kmz

Just click on the link and a SoilWeb  KMZ file will download.  Click on it and it will open in Google Earth Pro if you have it loaded on your comptuer.  It will show up as a folder in your Temporary Places folder as SoilWeb and can turned on and off by checking and unchecking the box next to it.   When it is checked the Soil Series info will show up when you zoom into one of your places.

 

 

Web Soil Survey (Stephanie Downs, ODNR-Division of Forestry; 32:10 min)

ONX Hunt; Pat Migliozzi (ODNR-Divison of Forestry) and George Hulbert (USFS-Northern Research Station; 17:21 min)

Using AVENZA phone app (Stephanie Downs, ODNR-Division of Forestry; 13:14 min)

 

 

The resources below delve even deeper into several of the mapping and GPS programs that were explored on October 9, 2020.

Mapping you woodland focuses on tools that you can use to locate boundaries and other land features, and to create digital maps from location data using free GPS (Global Positioning System) phone applications and online mapping tools.

Recording of October 9 Virtual DAY in the WOODS program including (79 min):

  • Using Ohio county auditor web resources – Eric Hayes, Athens Soil and Water Conservation District

  • Collecting location information from your woodland using AVENZA maps – Stephanie Downs,  Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry

  • Overview of online mapping tools including My Land Plan, Google Earth Pro and other free or low cost mapping tools – Dave Apsley, Ohio State University Extension, Stephanie Downs,  Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry, and Eric Hayes, Athens Soil and Water Conservation District

How to use My Land Plan to map and manage your woodland Resources

Dave Apsley, Ohio State University Extension

Mapping- Using My Land Plan- powerpoint slides

PowerPoint presentation on My Land Plan (13 min):

Demonstration on how to use My Land Plan (14 min):

Creating interactive maps using Google Earth Pro

Dave Apsley, Ohio State University Extension, and Eric Hayes, Athens Soil and Water Conservation District (30 minutes)

Mapping – How to use Google Earth Pro- powerpoint slides

PowerPoint presentation on Google Earth pro (13 min):

“Using Technology to Map and Care for Your Woodlands” offered by A DAY in the WOODS on April 8

Map created in
Google Earth pro

Our April 8, A DAY in the WOODS program “Using Technology to Map and Care for Your Woodlands” will be offered in a hybrid format.   The morning portion of the program will explore online resources including Web Soil Survey, My Land Plan, Google Earth and Virginia Tech’s Tree Identification web site.  We will also introduce participants to a variety of smart phone apps that can be used to map and track your movement on your property, identify your trees and assess the health of your woodlands.   The optional field session offered only at Zaleski State Forest will consist of demonstrations and hands practice to help you to become comfortable with the technology

Please select one of the following options to attend this program:

  1. To attend the morning Zoom Webinar portion of the program, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

  2. To join us for the morning and afternoon sessions in-person at Zaleski ODNR Complex.  PLEASE RSVP by email Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu (include the subject line Technology A DAY in the WOODS).  Since we will not be providing a lunch at this event, it will be free of charge.  Please don’t forget to bring your lunch.

Map and Directions to Zaleski ODNR Complex:   ZaleskiDrivingMapRevised4-13-15PDF-26r6cke    Zaleski ODNR Complex Aerial

Program Agenda

  •  10:00 – 11:30 Indoor: Zoom Webinar or in person at Zaleski SF

    • Mapping resources: My Land Plan, Google Earth,

    • Web Soil Survey and Virginia Tech Tree ID websites

    • Introduction to a variety of Smart Phone Apps including Avenz (and other mapping apps), Healthy Woods and VTree

    • Question and Answer session

  • 11:30-12:00    Lunch: Don’t forget to “bring your own”

  • 12:00-2:00      Field: Zaleski SF

    • Demonstrations and hands-on use of apps