Monday night: ‘Conservation heroes of the American heartland’

CFAES’s 4th Environmental Film Series, presented by the School of Environment and Natural Resources, kicks off tonight, Monday, Oct. 15, with “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman,” called the “inspiring story of heartland conservation heroes who are feeding the world while stewarding the land and water.” It’s from 7-8:45 p.m. in Room 130, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) Building, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. You can watch the trailer above.

Admission to the film is free. A panel discussion led by Montana rancher Dusty Crary, who’s featured in the film, and conservation farmer Fred Yoder of Plain City in central Ohio follows the screening. Enjoy free pizza and beverages at 6:30 p.m.

Find details, including the full series schedule.

This green land

Visitors to CFAES’s Farm Science Review, set for Sept. 18-20, can hop a free shuttle to the Gwynne Conservation Area, pictured below, home to nearly 70 acres of ponds, woods, prairies and a stream.

Called the Gwynne for short, it’s a perfect setting for more than 50 free talks and demonstrations on conservation, including trees, fish, soils, grasslands, water and wildlife.

Topics will range from bees to bats, chainsaw safety to year-round grazing, harvesting timber to making maple syrup.

One demonstration will even feature “electrofishing,” a method used by scientists to sample the fish in a lake or stream.

Find out more. (Photo: CFAES.)

Endangered Species Act works, is wanted

About 4 out of 5 Americans support the Endangered Species Act, according to a new study led by Jeremy Bruskotter of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. The act, approved by Congress in 1973, protects plant, animal, insect and fish species threatened by extinction, along with the habitats they need.

“Every time the ESA is in the news, you hear about how controversial it is,” Bruskotter said in a July 19 Ohio State press release about the study. “But the three most recent studies show that, on average, approximately 83 percent of the public supports it, and that’s sort of the opposite of controversial.”

Shown here is a bald eagle, America’s national bird, whose recovery is considered one of the act’s greatest success stories.

Read more about the study. (Photo: Getty Images.)

Celebrate ‘food, sustainability, community’

The next Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program, 7 a.m. to noon June 12, involves a field trip. Participants will ride a bus from Ohio State’s Columbus campus, or drive on their own, to the town of Mechanicsburg, 40 miles west of Columbus, where they’ll visit and hear from local food supporters The Hive Market and Deli (for breakfast), Hemisphere Coffee Roasters (for coffee), In Good Taste Catering and an associated family farm (for walking and wagon tours of its crops, livestock and conservation practices). It’s a celebration of “food, environmental sustainability and community,” says the event’s website.

Find details and a link to register.

Cool rides

Seen just now at the green car cruise-in at the Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair at CFAES Wooster: a red Chevy Bolt (electric, 238-mile range), a red Chevy Volt (extended range electric), a sharp white futuristic first-generation Nissan Leaf (electric), a cool space-pod-looking Mitsubishi i-MiEV (electric; range, about 60 miles), a red Ford C-MAX (gas-electric hybrid), CFAES scientist Fred Michel’s green Ford Escape hybrid with custom after-market roof-mounted solar panel, and a sleek dark-blue Tesla Model S 100D (electric, 351-mile range).

The fair and cruise-in go until 4 p.m. today. At 1 p.m., the parking lot, next to CFAES Wooster’s Fisher Auditorium, was filling fast but still had plenty of spaces. The food trucks smelled fantastic.

On St. Patrick’s Day, the carin’ for the green

The annual Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop, aimed at landowners in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana but also for anyone else interested in conservation, is on March 17 near Cincinnati. CFAES is one of its sponsors. Read more about it. (Photo: Red trillium, Joshua Moore, iStock.)

Rivers run through the next EPN program

The next Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) breakfast program features Hope Taft, former First Lady of Ohio, and Bob Gable, scenic rivers program manager for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), presenting “For Love of Rivers: Celebrating 50 Years of the Scenic Rivers Act” It’s from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Feb. 13 on Ohio State’s Columbus campus.

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