The COVID-19 crisis has changed our lives in many ways, but one thing we can all do safely is spend more time in the woods. This can provide much needed physical and mental health benefits, but can also benefit your woodlands. Join us on May 8th for a virtual DAY in the WOODS (go.osu.edu/ditw-zoom) to learn about “Keeping Yourself and Your Woodland Healthy”. This series will consist of four one-hour live sessions featuring eleven foresters and natural resources professionals. All sessions will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date. Feel free to join any or all these sessions:
Spring Migrating Birds (9-10 am) – Matt Shumar (Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative) & Laura Kearns (ODNR-Division of Wildlife)
The timing of migration
Natural history and bird identification
Exciting birds to discover during migration
Using eBird to discover birds and contribute to science
Health Benefits of Woodlands (11 am-noon) – Jarel Bartig (USDA, Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service)
Mental and Physical health benefits
How it works
Techniques you can try
Resources to learn more
Keeping woodlands healthy-Part 1 (1-2 pm)
1:00 Improve Your Woodland:Crop Tree Management– Jim Downs (Hocking College)
1:20 Evaluate Your Roads and Trails – Bob Mulligan (ODNR-Division of Forestry
1:40 Maintain Your Property Boundaries– Mark Rickey (ODNR-Division of Forestry)
Keeping woodlands healthy-Part 2 (3-4 pm)
3:00 Look forSpotted Lanternfly & Other Insects (Jamie Dahl, Central State University Extension) & Amy Stone (Ohio State University Extension)
3:20 Inventory Young Oaks and Other Seedlings(Dave Apsley, Ohio State University Extension)
3:40 Scout for Invasive Plants (Dave Runkle, Vinton SWCD and Eric Hayes, Athens SWCD
This program is free for all participants, but space is limited. To login onto the webinar go to : go.osu.edu/ditw-zoom. For questions and information on how to login in contact Dave Apsley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to visit http://u.osu.edu/seohiowoods to download the brochure and see our exciting line up for A DAY in the WOODS 2020.
“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.
Dr. Risa Pesapane is an assistant professor at The Ohio State University whose research program focuses on the ecology and surveillance of ticks and tick-borne pathogens. She is asking for help collecting ticks from all over the state to fill basic knowledge gaps in the distribution of ticks and their pathogens in Ohio. Ticks of any species, from any host, and any time of the year are requested. We thank you for your assistance in improving our understanding of ticks in Ohio!
Here are some videos from our July 2019 edition of Tree-Talk focuses on ticks and tick-borne diseases. Our special guests were 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.
Due to the current situation with COVID-19 we will be holding our May 8 and June 12 programs virtually.
More detail about the content of these virtual programs will be provided on this site, via social media and through the local press when we get closer to the dates of these events. If other changes are warranted they will also be posted on this site. Stay safe and be sure to make the time to spend A DAY in the WOODS…
In order to provide quality educational opportunities for Ohio’s farmers and woodland owners during these uncertain times Ohio State University Extension has launched Agriculture and Natural Resources Madness a Tournament of Education.
We worked with our partners to provide a forestry bracket on April 6 with the following topics. The recorded links can be found below the program descriptions.
Thinking about selling timber? Some things to consider…
Dave Apsley, OSUE and Bob Mulligan, ODNR-Division of Forestry
Below is our latest Tree Talk video on Crop Tree Management. If you’ve got a younger woods and are looking for ways to improve it Crop Tree Management may be just the tool for you! Sorry it is a bit longer than we like, but we couldn’t figure out a good way to break this topic into segments.
Here are the links to the fact sheets referenced in the video:
Below are three YouTube videos from our November TreeTalk hosted by Jamie Dahl, Forest Outreach Coordinator, Central State University Extension with special guest Marne Titchenell, Wildlife Program Specialist, OSU Extension, School of Environment and Natural Resources
TREE TALK Insect Reliance Oak Ecosystems 7:12 Minutes
TREE TALK Wildlife Forest Resources 9:13 Minutes
TREE TALK – Oak Acorns Wildlife Connection 13:53 minutes