“Tending Your Woodland” offered by “A DAY in the WOODS” to woodland owners in SE Ohio at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on October 8th

Like a garden, your woodland will likely provide more benefits if you give it some attention. “Tending Your Woodland”, an interactive outdoor learning opportunity for woodland owners in SE Ohio, will help you to understand the various practices that you can use to improve your woodlands.   This program is offered on October 8 at the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest near McArthur and will include the opportunity to tour numerous field sites demonstrating various practices that have been established since the early 1950’s.   Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore crop tree management (CTM), a technique that can increase the growth rate of trees to produce more wildlife food, timber and other benefits
  • Learn about Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) and how it can help your woodland become more productive
  • Understand various techniques that can be utilized to enhance oak regeneration in your woodlands.
  • Become aware of the wide array of options available to woodland owners who are contemplating a timber harvest.
  • Know where to get the advice and resources that will help you tend your woodland

“Tending your Woodland” will take place at the Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur on October 8, 2021, from 9 AM to 3 PM.

A registration fee of $12 per person (payable on the day of the event by cash or check to Vinton SWCD) entitles participants to program materials and a box lunch.  Registration is required.  Please RSVP on or before October 4 by emailing Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu, or by calling Cheri Porter or Dave Runkle at the Vinton SWCD (740-596-5676).

We plan to hold most of this program outdoors in the woods.   We will follow the COVID-19 protocols that are in place at the time.   Please bring a face covering to use when:

  • you are indoors and not fully vaccinated
  • it makes you comfortable

The Vinton Furnace State Forest is in a very remote portion of Vinton County.  Signs will be posted on the morning of the event along the route from both entrances.

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, 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, Ohio Forestry Association Foundation and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee. Since 2012, “A Day in the Woods” has offered nearly 80 programs with more than 100 presenters for nearly 4,000 woodland owners and enthusiasts just like you.

 

“Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants” program offered to woodland owners in SE Ohio at the Hocking College Nature Center on Friday, September 10

One of the bushMorrow honeysuckle

One of the non-native bush honeysuckles (Morrow’s honeysuckle) found in Ohio

Are you seeing aggressive plants encroaching on your woodland property but aren’t sure what they are?  Do you already know about non-native invasive plants but don’t know how to control them?  This program “Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants” may be just for you.  It will take place at the Hocking College Nature Center in Nelsonville, OH on September 10 from 9 am to 3:30 pm.

The program will take place entirely in the field and is designed to help woodland owners learn how to identify and manage non-native invasive species.   We’ll have several experienced foresters and natural resources specialists from Hocking College, ODNR-Division of Forestry, Athens SWCD, Vinton SWCD, The National Wild Turkey Federation and OSU Extension on hand to assist with this program. The program will start with an introduction to some of the more common non-native invasive species in SE Ohio.  It will include demonstrations of equipment and techniques, and discussions about herbicides and safety.  We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each technique to help you devise a strategy for your woodland property.

If you suspect you’ve got an invasive plant but aren’t sure, feel free to bring pictures or a sample in a plastic bag. We’ll do our best to assist you with identification.

A registration fee of $12 per person (payable on the day of the event by cash or check to Vinton SWCD) includes a box lunch and program materials.  Registration is required on or before September 6.  To register email Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu, or by call Cheri Porter or Dave Runkle at the Vinton SWCD. 740-596-5676.

We plan to hold most of this program in the woods in small groups of approximately 10.   We will follow the COVID-19 protocols that are in place at the time.   Please bring a face covering to use when:

  • you are indoors and not fully vaccinated
  • it makes you comfortable

There is no actual address for the old nature center, but it is on Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764.  There is a parking lot for the old nature center on the north edge of campus (across the road from the RR bridge that crosses the Hocking River).  So I highly recommend using the GPS coordinates: 39.447848, -82.224709 or the map below (see red place marker).  We will place some A DAY in the WOODS yellow signs along Hocking Parkway and at the parking area

Click here for a map!

 

“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, Ohio Forestry Association Foundation and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee. Since 2012, “A Day in the Woods” has offered nearly 80 programs with more than 100 presenters for nearly 4,000 woodland owners and enthusiasts just like you.

 

 

Introduction to Woodland Ownership – A DAY in the WOODS offered on August 13th at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

New to woodland ownership?  Feeling overwhelmed? This program, Introduction to Woodland Ownership,  is specifically designed for you.

Families, just like yours, own approximately 3/4 of the 8.1 million acres of woodlands in Ohio, yet they often do not know where to start or where to turn for advice and assistance when they need it.  Foresters, wildlife biologists, and other natural resource professionals from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service, the National Wild Turkey Federation and Ohio State University Extension will be on hand to answer your questions and discuss how they can help you to improve the health of your woodland.  We’ll cover the wide range of options available to you as a woodland owner and the many resources that are available to help you care for your woodlands.

What:  Introduction to Woodland Ownership, A DAY in the WOODS

Where: Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur

When: August 13, 9 AM to 3 PM

Registration:  $12 per person (payable on the day of the event by cash or check to Vinton SWCD) includes a box lunch.  Registration is required.  Please register on or before August 9 by emailing Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu, or by calling Cheri Porter or Dave Runkle at the Vinton SWCD. 740-596-5676

We plan to hold most of this program in the woods in small groups of approximately 10.   Again, we will follow the COVID-19 protocols that are in place at the time.   Please bring a face covering to use when:

  • you are indoors and not fully vaccinated
  • it makes you comfortable

The Vinton Furnace State Forest is located in a very remote portion of Vinton County.  Signs will be posted on the morning of the event along the route from both entrances. Directions – Experimental Forest

For more information contact Dave Apsley (apsley.1@osu.edu or 740-710-3009)

Registration is now open for “Assessing the Health of Your Woods” July 9 virtual program

Our July 9th program will be held virtually and will touch on a wide range of woodland health issues ranging from  insects and diseases (both native and non-native) to a lack of desirable regeneration in the understory.  The program will focus on  the benefits of and how to use the “HealthyWoods” phone app which was developed by University of Kentucky and University of Tennessee Extension in cooperation with Ohio State University and other extension programs in the eastern US https://healthywoodsapp.org/.   This new resources was developed to help you to quickly and easily identify common issues facing your woodland.

Our featured presenter will be Ellen Crocker, Ph.D. a  Forest Health Extension Specialist  from the University of Kentucky.  Ellen was instrumental in the development of this useful resource for woodland owners.

We highly recommend downloading HealthyWoods from your app. store prior to the program.  It is available in both Android and iOS.

This program will take place from 10AM to Noon on July 9.  Click here to register

 

Shrub Identification- A DAY in the WOODS to be held in person on June 11 at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

We are pleased to announce that our June 11A DAY in the WOODS – Shrub Identification program will take place as an in-person event at the Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur. This will be our first in-person A DAY in the WOODS program since the fall of 2019.  Please be patient with us!  Due to COVID-19 we will limit participation to 24 attendees and will follow current COVID-19 protocol as prescribed by our employers and the State of Ohio.

What:  Shrub Identification program

Where: Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur

When: June 11, 10 AM to 3 PM

Registration:  $12 per person (payable on the day of the event by cash or check to Vinton SWCD) includes a box lunch

RSVP, limited to the first 24 people who reserve a spot via email apsley.1@osu.edu, or by calling  740-596-5676.  Once we reach capacity, we will maintain a list in the order that requests are received if slots become available.

We plan to hold this entire program in the woods in small groups of approximately 10.  We currently have 6 instructors lined up to assist with this program.   Again, we will follow COVID-19 protocols that are in place at the time.   Please bring a face covering to use when:

  • you are not fully vaccinated
  • you in are in the training center to use restroom facilities or for any other reason
  • you are unable to social distance from people outside of your normal circles
  • it is necessitated by COVID-19 protocol changes
  • it makes you comfortable

The Vinton Furnace State Forest is located in a very remote portion of Vinton County.  Signs will be posted on the morning of the event along the route from both entrances. Directions – Experimental Forest

For more information contact Dave Apsley (apsley.1@osu.edu or 740-710-3009)

 

Video and resources are now available for “Forest Ecology-A DAY in the WOODS”

Health Benefits of Woodlands (PDF of Powerpoint) – Jarel Bartig: Health Benefits of Woodlands

Selected reference from  Health Benefits of Woodlands:

  -The Nature Fix by Florence Williams

-Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

-Forest Medicine by Qing Li

-Ohio Leave No Child Inside Collaborators – https://ohiolnci.org/

-International Society of Nature and Forest Medicine – https://www.infom.org/

-The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs – https://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/Walk with a Doc – https://walkwithadoc.org/

-Children and Nature Network – https://www.childrenandnature.org/

-National Environmental Education Foundation’s
Children and Nature Initiative – https://www.neefusa.org

-Park RX America – https://parkrxamerica.org/

What’s Your Eco-Zip Code (PDF of Powerpoint) – Lisa Kluesner: 

DayInTheWoods_EcoZipcodes_05142021

USDA Forest Service Section, Subsection, and Landtype Descriptions for Southeastern Ohio: https://www.fs.fed.us/nrs/pubs/rmap/rmap_nrs10.pdf

 

Registration now is open for “Forest Ecology” – A DAY in the WOODS program on Friday, May 14

 

Lookout Rock-Zaleski State Forest

Forest Ecology will be offered by A DAY in the WOODS on Friday, May 14 from 10 am to noon via Zoom Webinar

 

Click here to register!

 

This program will focus on southeast Ohio – our most heavily forested portion of the state located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains and part of the greater Appalachian Mountain Ecosystem.  The workshop has two parts – the first will explore the role that our woodlands can have in enhancing our physical and mental health and the second will provide an introduction to the landscape ecology of southeast Ohio.  We hope you can join us as we explore the ecological “zip codes” of southeast Ohio and how we all fit in.

Video and resources now available from “Migratory Birds”, A DAY in the WOODS program on April 9, 2021

Photo credit: Brad Perkins

Below you will find links to the program recording and other resources from “Migratory Birds”, A DAY in the WOOD, program on April 9, 2021.  Learn about the ecology of avian migration, tricks to identifying birds by sight and sound, and the critical conservation implications of this ecological phenomenon in a developing landscape. We will go over the timing of migration for different groups of birds and how to find out where and when birds are showing up.

Featured speakers include Matthew Shumar (Program Coordinator, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, The Ohio State University SENR), Stephen Matthews (Associate Professor, The Ohio State University SENR) and Brad Perkins (Executive Director, Ohio Forestry Association)

Video recording link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9BdazCG2WA

Timing of the Spring Migration in Ohio slides (PDF): Day in the Woods – 2021 – Shumar – & Matthews

Warblers in Ohio (PDF): Birding with Brad_Warblers

eBird website: https://ebird.org/

Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative website: https://obcinet.org/

More birding with Brad videos

 

 

 

 

Registration now open for Migratory Birds program on Friday, April 9th’s A DAY in the WOODS program

Blackburnian warbler. Photo credit: Brad Perkins

Migratory Birds will be offered on Friday April 9th from 10 am to noon via Zoom Webinar.

Click here to register!

Learn about the ecology of avian migration, tricks to identifying birds by sight and sound, and the critical conservation implications of this ecological phenomenon in a developing landscape. We will go over the timing of migration for different groups of birds and how to find out where and when birds are showing up.

Featured speakers include Matthew Shumar (Program Coordinator, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, The Ohio State University SENR), Stephen Matthews (Associate Professor, The Ohio State University SENR) and Brad Perkins (Executive Director, Ohio Forestry Association)

Recording and resources now available for “Native trees and shrubs for wildlife”

“Native trees and shrubs for wildlife”  was offered via Zoom Webinar on March 12, 2021. This program focused on the food provided by native trees and shrubs for Ohio’s many species of wildlife.  Below is the video of this program, a copy of the presentation materials and a related web links.

Featured presenters include Ryan Boyer (District Biologist IN, MI, OH; National Wild Turkey Federation), Marne Titchenell (Wildlife Program Specialist, OSU Extension), and Dave Apsley (Natural Resources Specialist, OSU Extension).

Topics covered included:

  • Types of food provided by trees and shrubs for wildlife

  • Seasonality and nutritional value of food (mast) produced by trees and shrubs

  • Importance of providing a diverse mix native, woody plant species

  • Methods you can employ in your woodlands to enhance the production of mast and other wildlife benefits

  • Resources available help you to enhance these habitat elements in your woods

Additional Resources

PDF – A Day in the Woods- Native Trees and Shrubs for Wildlife (Final)

 

National Wild Turkey Federation – Manage Your Property – website

 

Ohio Woodland Stewards website