“Tending Your Woodlot” offered at the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest on July 13th

Posted on June 15, 2012

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Like a garden, your woodlot will likely provide more benefits if you give it some attention.    All plants, from carrots to trees, are less productive if they are too crowded or they are competing with weeds.  “Tending Your Woodlot”, part of the “2nd Friday Series” for woodland owners in SE Ohio, is offered July 13 at theVintonFurnaceStateExperimentalForest near McArthur.

Black walnut (right) was given more space to grow by girdling a double-stemmed sugar maple (left).

Black walnut (large stem; upper right) expanding crown into space created by girdling sugar maple (notice two dead stems on left). Photo taken March 2011 – Maple girdled in February 2008

The program is designed to help you learn about techniques to enhance the many benefits received from your woodlot.  Woodland owners who attend this program will:

  • Explore  Crop Tree Management, a technique that can increase the growth rate of trees to produce more wildlife food, timber and other benefits
  • Understand the potential of invasive plants to harm your woodlot and learn how to reduce their impact
  •  Learn about Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) and how it can help your woods grow more productively
  •  Visit field sites to see results, get hands-on practice, watch demonstrations and interact with experienced foresters
  • Understand where to get the advice and other resources that will help you to tend your woodlot

“Tending Your Woodlot” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest with support from the ODNR-Divisions ofForestry and Wildlife, US Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio State University Extension, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, and Glatfelter.

“Tending Your Woodlot”, will take place at the VintonFurnaceStateExperimentalForest, near McArthur, on July 13th from 10 am to 3:30 pm.  A registration fee of $10 will include lunch and program materials.

Please RSVP calling OSU Extension Vinton County at 740-596-5212, or emailing Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu by July 9th.

Brochure and Registration Form:   Second Friday Series Brochure

Map to the Vinton Furnace State Experimental forest:  Directions – Experimental Forest

News Release for Tending Your Woodlot:  Tending Your Woodlot-news release – 7-13-2012

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