Woodlot workshops cover process of making lumber, selling timber

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COLUMBUS – How a tree becomes lumber, from growing to cutting to drying to grading, is the focus of Lumber From Your Woodlot, a workshop by the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program Nov. 12 in Knox County.

The class runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 4-H Camp Ohio Activities Center, 11461 Camp Ohio Rd., St. Louisville.

It will give participants information on trees and the process that converts them into workable wood.

During indoor and outdoor sessions, participants will learn about tree, log and lumber grades; how to grow quality timber; how to care for lumber once it’s cut; air and kiln drying; and the basics of wood and tree identification.

Registration. Registration, which is $30, can be done at http://woodlandstewards.osu.edu or by contacting Ohio State University’s School of Natural Resources, 614-688-3421, ohiowoods@osu.edu.

Information is also available from local host, Jeff McCutcheon of OSU Extension’s Knox County office, 740-397-0401, mccutcheon.30@osu.edu.

Lunch, breaks and an information packet are included in the registration fee.

Selling timber workshop. Thinking about selling timber? A second Ohio workshop, Selling Timber? Consider This, is Nov. 13, from 7-9 p.m., in Union County.

It offers participants detailed information on financial returns, how to mark boundaries, maximizing a timber investment, harvesting and reproduction methods.

The seminar will be held at the Allen Township Hall, 16945 Allen Center Rd., Marysville.

Registration, which is $7, can be done at http://woodlandstewards.osu.edu or by contacting Ohio State University’s School of Natural Resources.

Local hosts, John Hixson of OSU Extension’s Union County office, 937-644-8117, and Rob Leeds of OSU Extension’s Delaware County office, 740-368-1925, also have information.

The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program is sponsored by OSU Extension in cooperation with the Ohio Division of Forestry.

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