Woodland stewards workshops slated in Ohio

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COLUMBUS – The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, a statewide effort to help Ohioans see and manage the trees in their forest, has announced its annual slate of workshops.

Workshops will be held starting in March and through November.

Topics. Among the topics are tree identification, maple syrup production, forest improvement, wildlife habitat improvement, selling timber, lumber production, and tree planting and maintenance.

Registration ranges from free to $90 with most of the workshops being $30.

Specific locations haven’t been set for some of the workshops on the schedule. Updates are available from the OSU Extension office in the host county or counties; from Ohio State’s School of Natural Resources, 614-688-3421,

ohiowoods@osu.edu; or at http://woodlandstewards.osu.edu.

Schedule. The year at a glance:

* March 9, “Selling Timber? Consider This …” (profitable, sustainable timber production; timber sales and taxes), Fairfield County Extension Office, Fairfield County Agricultural Center, Lancaster.

* March 20, “Lumber From Your Woodlot” (how to manage for, grade, saw, fell and care for quality lumber), Aullwood Audubon Center, Dayton.

* March 24, “Selling Timber? Consider This …,” Meigs County.

* April 19, “Improving Your Forest” (crop tree management and other tools), Muskingum County.

* May 11, “Selling Timber? Consider This …,” Medina County Administration Building, Medina.

* June 4, “Name That Tree” (tree identification), Allen County Extension Office, Lima.

* June 11, “Name That Tree,” Union County.

* June 18, “Lumber From Your Woodlot,” Carroll County or Harrison County.

* June 23, “Name That Tree (Master Gardener edition),” Hancock County Extension Office, Findlay.

* June 25, “Name That Tree,” St. Sylvester Catholic Church, Zaleski (Vinton County).

* July 20, “Name That Tree (Master Gardener edition),” Montgomery County.

* July 26, “Name That Tree,” Lucas County.

* July 29, “Name That Tree,” John Hartz Building, Richland County Fairgrounds, Mansfield.

* July 30, “Exploring Your Forest” (forestry concepts; understanding one’s forest; determining objectives, goals and strategies), Ashtabula County.

* Aug. 14, “Tree Planting and Maintenance” (the different types of planting stock; correct planting methods; safe, appropriate herbicide use), Preble County Historical Society Historical Farm, Eaton.

* Sept. 10, “Name That Tree,” Licking County.

* Sept. 25-27, “COVERTS” (improving wildlife habitat through good forest management practices; participants chosen by application), Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, Jackson.

* Oct. 12, “Selling Timber? Consider This …,” Licking County.

* Oct. 16, “Improving Your Forest,” Butler County.

* Oct. 21-23, “Advanced COVERTS” (participants must have completed COVERTS), Camp Wesley, Logan County.

* Oct. 29, “Improving Your Forest,” Union County.

* Nov. 10, “Beginning Maple,” Clinton County.

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