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.

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

 

 

“Hemlock Forests and Night Sounds” program offered at Camp Oty’Okwa near the Hocking Hills on Friday, August 9th

While hiking through the Hocking Hills, it might seem like you’ve stepped into an unfamiliar world. This is largely due to the role of hemlock trees in the ecosystem. Join us on August 9th, 2:00 PM – 9:30 PM as we travel into the hemlock forests. This program will consist of an afternoon session, where we immerse ourselves in the hemlocks to learn about a range of topics including geology of the Hocking Hills, wildlife and stream ecology, and what natural resource professionals are doing to combat hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect species. After dinner, we will become nocturnal creatures during an interactive presentation from Kevin Dodge from Garrett College in McHenry, Maryland. After learning and becoming familiar with the night sounds of Appalachian forests, we will take a short night hike to listen and learn.

This event will take place at Camp Oty’Okwa in South Bloomingville, OH near the Hocking Hills State Park. A $12 registration cost entitles participants to dinner and program materials. Spots are limited so be sure to RSVP quickly but no later than August 5th. Register by mailing a registration form, calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at apsley.1@osu.edu.

*IMPORTANT* The first half of this event will include a short hike with moderate elevation changes but low difficulty.

For a map with directions, click here: Directions to Camp Oty’Okwa.

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

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.

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: