Hey, Ohio State students: The courses described in this story are taught during Autumn Semester. Course enrollment for Autumn Semester 2018 begins at the end of March and runs through mid- to late April. So sign up soon if you’re interested!
Students at The Ohio State University have a unique opportunity to take a two-course sequence that culminates with a real prescribed burn and certification.
The courses, offered by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), teach about fire ecology, fire’s role in ecosystems, and managing controlled and wild fires. In the end, students prepare for and conduct a prescribed burn. Continue reading
Discount registration for the Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop ends today, Feb. 28. Pull up more information. (Photo: iStock.)
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.)
Decorating your home for the holidays? CFAES forestry expert Kathy Smith says a cut Christmas tree’s best friend is water.
Register by Wednesday, Oct. 11, for the Forest Health: Invasive Species workshop being offered by CFAES’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program. It’s from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Lodge at Allardale, 141 Remsen Road, Medina, part of the Medina County Park District.
The event, which is for landowners, gardeners and others, will look at the invasive plants, diseases and insects bugging Ohio; how to identify and monitor them; the harm they do to woods and wildlife if left unchecked; and options for controlling them.
Registration is $35. (Photo: European buckthorn, T. Davis Sydnor, Ohio State, Bugwood.org.)
When residents take charge of their rainforests, fewer trees get the ax, says a story by Ohio State’s University Communications office, detailing a study done in Guatemala by CFAES researchers.
Pictured left to right are co-authors Brent Sohngen and Douglas Southgate, both of CFAES’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, and Lea Fortman, now of the University of Puget Sound who worked on the study as a graduate student. (Photo courtesy of Brent Sohngen.)
Follow Skeate, Arwen, Hermione and Mr. Darcy, among others — radiotagged timber rattlesnakes living in southeast Ohio woods — on the @TimberTweets Twitter feed by CFAES’s Peterman Lab. Lab staff are tracking the secretive snakes, an Ohio endangered species, to see how forest management affects them. Venomous but shy, with a taste for eating small rodents (including ones spreading Lyme disease), timber rattlers help ecosystems and, quietly, people.
Lab head Bill Peterman, assistant professor in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, says, “I’ve had a passion for amphibians and reptiles since I was a kid catching frogs and snakes.” He’s in the video above.
What’s bugging your trees? What, if anything, should you do about it? Learn to make the call in CFAES’s Tree Diagnostic Workshop Aug. 4.
Included in the workshop will be details on a new disease hitting American beech trees in northeast Ohio. (Photo: American beech, iStock.)
When it comes to using a chainsaw, there are things you want to cut, like any of Ohio’s millions of still-standing dead ash trees killed by the emerald ash borer pest, and things you don’t want to cut, like … anything not a tree.
A class you can take on Aug. 3 will help you keep them straight. (Photo: iStock.)
On July 7, a CFAES-sponsored class on Ohio State’s Mansfield campus will help you identify Ohio’s trees.
Knowing how to identify trees can help you take care of them even better, says instructor Kathy Smith, head of CFAES’s Ohio Woodland Stewards program. Every tree species has different needs for care, she says.
Register by this Friday.