2nd Friday Series – More opportunites to spend “A Day in the Woods” a the Vinton Furnace State Experimenal Forest !

Posted on April 20, 2012


We’re pleased to announce the lineup for “A Day in the Woods-2nd Friday Series” for 2012.  The following classes will be offered at the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest on the 2nd Friday of each month from May through Novmember 2012.   Classes will run from 10 am to 3:30 pm.   The registration fee for each class will be $10 which will include lunches and handout materials.   To register print the brochure at the bottom of this post, email Dave at apsley.1@osu.edu or call 740-586-5212.

         Matching Your Harvest to Your Woods

May 11, 2012

  • Get information to decide if a harvest is right for you
  • Visit sites harvested over the past 60 years using various methods
  • See how trees regenerate and grow after a harvest
  • Understand the steps to take to assure that a harvest is compatible with your goals and considers the future of your woods
  • Discover the basic steps to minimize damage from a harvest
  • Learn where to get help

          Identifying Trees in Your Woods

June 8, 2012

  • Use leaf and other characteristics found in summer to help you identify many of the trees in your woods
  • Learn how to use a simple leaf key
  • Take a walk with foresters and learn how to use branching, form, location and other identification characteristics
  • Bring in samples of trees for help with identification

          Tending Your Woodlot

July 13, 2012

  • Discover Crop Tree Management  which provides space for trees to produce timber, wildlife food and other benefits
  • Understand invasive plants and learn how  to  reduce their impact
  • Learn about Timber Stand Improvement and how it can improve your woods
  • Visit field sites to see results, get hands on practice, watch demonstrations and interact with experienced foresters
  • Understand where to get advice and assistance

          Woodland Wildlife Game Species

September 14, 2012

  • Learn about behaviors and needs of white-tailed deer, wild turkey, woodcock, ruffed-grouse, squirrel and other woodland game
  • Understand wildlife habitat, forest succession and how they influence wildlife populations
  • Observe techniques that you can use to enhance wildlife habitat
  • Visit and discuss a variety of woodland habitats found on the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest
  • Interact with wildlife biologists and foresters, and learn what you can do to enhance wildlife habitat in your woods

       Non-Game Woodland Wildlife

October 12,  2012

  • Learn about the wide variety of relatively common, non-game  wildlife species found in Ohio woods
  • Get updates on the status of less common species like bobcat, black bear and timber rattlesnake
  • Understand the habitat needs of many of these species and how land-use influences their populations
  • Visit and discuss a variety of woodland habitats found at the Vinton State Furnace Experimental forest
  • Interact with wildlife biologists and foresters, and learn what you can do to enhance wildlife habitat in your woods

The Wood From Your Woods

November 9, 2012

  • Learn the difference between hardwoods and softwoods
  • Learn basic wood identification terminology
  • Learn how to identify 25 common woods by sight, odor and other characteristics
  • Understand the characteristics of and common uses of many of the woods from your woods

Wood identification kits containing 24 samples will be available for purchase for $25 on Nov 9.

Link to Brochure with Registration Information:  Second Friday Series Brochure

Link to Directions and Map:  Directions – Experimental Forest