‘Improving Your Woods’ program to be held at Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, Sept. 8Free Access

Like a garden, your woodland will provide more benefits if you invest some of your time and energy into its care.

“Improving Your Woods,” an interactive outdoor learning opportunity for woodland owners in Southeast Ohio, will help you to understand the various practices that you can use to improve your woodlands. This program will be offered on Friday, Sept. 8 at the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest near McArthur and will include the opportunity to tour numerous field sites, demonstrating various woodland improvement practices.

Participants will learn a variety of woodland management techniques that they can use to improve their woodland and will  receive help in understanding the “alphabet soup” of practices available, including crop tree management (CTM), timber stand improvement (TSI), invasive species management and understory removal. Attendees will also practice selecting crop trees to meet goals and determine which trees to remove to enhance their growth.

This program will take place at the Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur on Friday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A registration fee of $15 will cover the cost of lunch and program materials.

Please use one of the following methods to register by Monday, Sept. 4: Register and pay online at go.osu.edu/vintonswcd, call Vinton SWCD at 740-596-5676 or email Jessica Burns at [email protected]. For brochures and more information about this and upcoming programs, visit u.osu.edu/seohiowoods.

“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, U.S. Forest Service, Vinton Soil and Water Conservation District, Central State University Extension, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, Ohio Forestry Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, Ruffed Grouse Society, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, Pheasants and Quail Forever, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

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