Libby Dayton, SENR Research Scientist, is working to give farmers the tools they need to make management decisions that will assist them in reducing their contribution to a major water quality issue.
An article in onCampus, A living lab for Woodland Stewards (OWS), by Christina Drain, was about how 30 woodland owners practiced what they learned in an outdoor lab on the Mansfield campus. There are 640 acreas of woodlands on the campus which play a big role in the courses offered through the OWS program. More information about the project can be found in the Septmeber-October publication of the OSU Alumni magazine.
Students from the May session suggested creating a terrestrial lab similar to Stone Laboratory, the university’s freshwater field station on Lake Erie, with summer classes and coursework unique to the natural resource.
Teens turned off technology during the Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Camp, June 9-14. One hundred and thirteen campers from across Ohio (one from Pennsylvania, and even one from Arizona) participated in this years camp, held at FFA Camp Muskingum, on Leesville Lake in Carroll County.
SENR alum, Jeremy Scherf is a state service forester with ODNR and co-director of the Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp. He teamed up with SENR's Marne Titchenell, wildlife program specialist with OSU Extension, and Ryan Waid, an Ohio-based procurement forester with Glatfelter paper company, to lead this year’s camp. They crafted leaf identification tests, taught natural resource and wildlife sessions, and inspired youth to explore the great outdoors. The goal of the camp is to expose the high schoolers to the science, beauty and career opportunities within Ohio’s natural resources.
Read the whole story about this camp on Farm and Dairy.com at http://wp.me/p2HrmK-fw9. More news stories about the camp can be found on:
The Social Silo: www.thesocialsilo.com
Shale Gas Reporter: www.shalegasreporter.com
The video was produced by Farm and Dairy’s Tracey Wardle.
Michael Scuse visited the Wilima H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park and learned about the research being conducted.
SENR senior, Katie Ferman, talks about her experience in India. Katie's research project was on 'Fighting for Commons: The stories and struggles of the women of Plachimada' which won Honorable Mention at this year's Denman Undergraduate Research Forum.
The Environmental March Madness tournament was designed to evaluate colleges and university throughout the country on their environmental degree programs and curriculum, environmental opportunities for students, and campus sustainability efforts. Thanks goes to all of the academic units and students involved, and especially Neil Drobny, PhD, Director of EEDS and our own Trish Raridan-Preston, for her dedicated work in organizing the submission. To accept this award, Neil Drobny will attend and speak at the Enviance User Conference in San Diego this month.
Ohio State students produced this video for the competition.
Rattan Lal is Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Norman Borlaug Award, and was designated Distinguished University Professor by The Ohio State University in 2011. In this video he says Ohio State "is a paradise for a researcher'. Read more on the CFAES On Sustainability Blog.
SENR Extension Forestry Director and Ohio Woodland Stewards Program Coordinator Kathy Smith says not every bush, beetle, fish or fungus that lives in Ohio belongs here. The National Species Awareness Week, March 3-8, sponsored by the National Invasive Species Council, works to educate individuals on how invasive species arrive, how they spread, and the harm they cause to our environment. Read more about this fight here.
SENR Professor Warren Dick is studying the use of fluidized gas desulfurization (FGD) gypsum on crop fields. He said the material can keep soluble phosphorus, the main nutrient feeding the algae, from being washed from the soil by heavy rains, then running off into streams and rivers and eventually into the lake.
"The soil is the great connector of our lives," author Wendell Berry once said. SENR professor, Nick Basta, has developed a low-cost way to treat the lead that contaminates soil in our cities. Lead in soil can make kids sick and makes the land unfit for gardens. His method is just a quarter the cost of the next-cheapest option—a big help for cash-strapped communities, especially ones ramping up urban farming.