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:
“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.
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:
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:
“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.
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)
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 woodlandfocuses 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
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:
To join us for the morning and afternoon sessions in-person at Zaleski ODNR Complex. PLEASE RSVP by email Dave Apsley at firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
Pollinating insects are responsible for 75% of the global food supply, and are accurate indicators of overall ecosystem health. Recent declines of pollinating insects, and other wildlife adapted to similar habitats, are cause for genuine concern. Ohio landowners can help by managing healthy forests and native grasslands that host a diverse community of native flowering plants, which are critical strongholds for pollinating insects and wildlife dependent on grasslands.
Join us Via Zoom Webinar on March 11th from 3 pm to 5 p.m. for an introduction into native grasslands and pollinator habitat.
Hold the Date: A field event is being planned for July 22. Join us to to learn more about the benefits of pollinator habitat and native grassland habitat, and how to establish pollinator habitat and grassland habitat on your own property. We will tour pollinator habitat and native grasslands, and witness just some of the ecosystem services they provide for us.” More details for this field event will be provided soon!
Our final ADAY in the WOODS program for 2021 “Woodland Boundaries” will take place on December 10, at 10 am to 11:15 via Zoom Webinar. This program will be presented by Mark Rickey, State Service Forester with ODNR-Division of Forestry, and Dave Apsley, Natural Resources Specialist with Ohio State University Extension. Join us on December 10 to:
Learn about the importance of woodland boundaries and why it is important to maintain them.
Get tips on how to seek and find evidence of their location.
Understand how you can mark and maintain your boundaries to make them more recognizable.
Learn the importance of boundary line trees and evidence, and how they should be treated
Know when it may make sense for you to reach out to a professional land surveyor for assistance.
Get access to a new series of videos on Woodland Boundaries that were produced to assist Ohio’s family woodland owners.