Women Owning Woodlands (WOW) Workshop (with webinar option) – February 26th

WOW: Objectives and Priorities 101

Trouble narrowing down your goals for your property? Don’t even know where to start?

Join us as we discuss developing and prioritizing Forest Management Plan objectives.

Feb. 26, 2020, Meeting will start promptly at 5:30 pm (5 pm social time)

ODNR District 4 Headquarters, 360 E State St., Athens, Ohio 45701

***A webinar option is also available***


Women Owning Woodlands strives to bring topical, accessible, and current forestry and natural resources information to women landowners and forest practitioners. We support women in forest leadership, women who own and manage their own woodlands, and all who facilitate the stewardship of forests.


All are welcome! Please let us know if any special accommodations are needed.

To register for the meeting or webinar contact Jamie Dahl— jdahl@centralstate.edu 

Download the flyer here: WOW_FEB2020_Objectives

Tree Talk Video on Crop Tree Management

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:

Crop Tree Management:  https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/f-50

Enhancing Mast Production for wildlife:  https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/f-60

Oak and Wildlife YouTube Videos with guest Marne Titchenell

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

Fall Color and Forestry featured at Hocking State Forest tour

Here is a great opportunity to enjoy Hocking State Forest and to learn about forestry in Ohio from our partners at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry.  DKA

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hocking State Forest will be the setting for a good look at fall colors and forest resources on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Ohio Division of Forestry, the event is free and will provide plenty of fun for the entire family in a beautiful setting.

The tour begins at the historic Hocking State Forest Cabin, located at 19275 State Rt. 374, Rockbridge, OH 43149. Parking is provided.

“Our foresters look forward to helping you see not only the splendid scenery of Hocking State Forest, but to experience the forest in new ways,” said Dan Balser, chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry. “Come celebrate fall with our foresters and learn about the history, ecology, wildlife and care of this state forest gem in southeast Ohio.”

The Fall Foliage event features displays, bean soup and cornbread, chainsaw demonstrations and wildfire fighting equipment. Wagon tours around the state forest will highlight tree identification, natural oak regeneration, forest practices to encourage healthy tree growth and wildlife habitat, tips for woodland owners, threats to the Hocking region’s hemlock trees and successful efforts to preserve them, invasive plant control and much more. Continue reading

A DAY in the WOODS offers “Identifying Trees in Winter” on November 8th at Zaleski State Forest

Moonville Tunnel at Zaleski SF

Fall is in the air, and many of the trees in Southeastern Ohio have already shed their leaves. This makes tree identification more difficult, but there are still many clues that you can use to identify trees in their leafless state. “Identifying Trees in Winter” will provide you with the knowledge to differentiate among the variety of trees on your property in the coming winter months.  This program will take place from 9 am to 3:30 pm and will include lunch.

Participants in this program will:

  • Develop an eye for bark and tree shape to aid in winter tree identification
  • Learn to use bud and twig characteristics to identify trees
  • Become familiar with tree fruits like acorns and other clues that can be found on the ground
  • Spend the afternoon exploring the forest around the Moonville Tunnel at Zaleski State Forest
  • Visit a variety of sites from wetlands to dry ridges to learn about their contribution to the diversity of Ohio’s Appalachian forests

This program will begin at 9 a.m. at the Zaleski State Forest ODNR complex, near McArthur, OH.  After lunch we will carpool to the field site near Moonville Tunnel.  The field portion of the program will include a considerable amount of walking on uneven terrain, so be sure to bring your hiking boots. Continue reading

“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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“Family Day in the Woods” offered to kids of all ages at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Saturday, September 14th

The public is invited to attend Family Day in the Woods, a free and family friendly event at Vinton Furnace State Forest on Saturday, September 14th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be activities tailored for kids (grades K-12) as well as adults to foster good environmental stewardship in the future. We will also specifically have some programming targeting high school youth (including FFA and 4-H) that focuses on career exploration in natural resources.

Fun, hands-on activities will include wagon rides through the woods, nature hikes, forest wildlife, pollinators and insects, forestry tools and science, tree identification, woodland soils, wildfire prevention with Smokey Bear, and a portable sawmill. All activities will be on a morning and afternoon rotation, so feel free come either half of the day, or stay for it all.

The Vinton Furnace State Forest is located in one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the United States and home to more than 50 years of ongoing research by scientists from the USDA Forest Service’s lab in Delaware, Ohio.

Please RSVP by September 10th to help us prepare, though day of drop-ins are also welcome. RSVP to Ohio State University Extension Vinton County by calling (740) 596-5212, or to Dave Apsley via email at apsley.1@osu.edu.

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 Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” programs run from May through November and are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, Central State University Extension, USDA Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, 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.