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  1. Students at The Ohio State University have a unique opportunity to take a two-course sequence that culminates with a real prescribed burn and certification.

    These CFAES courses are on fire (sign up!)

    Mar 21, 2018

    Students at The Ohio State University have a unique opportunity to take a two-course sequence that culminates with a real prescribed burn and certification. The courses, offered by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), teach about fire ecology, fire’s role in ecosystems, and managing controlled and wild fires. In the end, students prepare for and conduct a prescribed burn.

  2. Catch up on the latest podcast: Between the Green

    Mar 20, 2018

    new podcast for The Lantern is available for listeners interested in environmental topics and sustainability. This weeks episode was created and hosted by Ris Twigg, an undergraduate student in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Twigg is also an assistant photo editor for The Lantern. This episode is all about sustainability events!

  3. Members of the ADFER Lab participated in the controlled burn. Shown left to right are Rachael Glover (PhD ENR), Jo Kingsbury (PhD ESGP) and Julie Slater (MS ENR).  Photo courtesy of Matt Davies.

    Controlled Prairie Burn Featured in The Columbus Dispatch

    Mar 20, 2018

    A controlled prairie burn at The Wilds is described via photos and a video feature in The Columbus Dispatch on March 16. Rebecca Swab, director of Restoration and Ecology at The Wilds narrates the video and discusses how their management practices go hand-hand with research on native plant and wildlife restoration efforts. The study is part of a research project with School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) graduate student Rachael Glover to investigate how quickly native grasses regenerate after fire. Rachel is advised by Matt Davies, an assistant professor of in Soil and Plant Community Restoration in the SENR.

  4. On a recent trip to India, Professor Lal was interviewed by television station.

    Professor Lal Featured on RSTV Eureka

    Mar 19, 2018

    While in India recently, Professor Rattan Lal was interviewed by television station Rajaya Sabha. In the interview, he spoke with T V Venkateswaran about the fundamental importance of soil and the integral relationship between the quality of soils, the health of people and the environment.

  5. Water Awareness event at Ohio State on March 22 to recognize importance of water.

    World Water Day at Ohio State

    Mar 18, 2018

    Ohio State will recognize World Water Day 2018 with a Water Awareness event March 22 from 12 noon to 3 pm in the Ohio Union Great Hall Meeting Room #2. World Water Day, on March 22 every year, focuses attention on the importance of water. An initiative of the United Nations, the theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.  Stop by to learn about important Ohio State water improvement research and what our students are doing to provide safe, convenient water supplies in Tanzania and other places in need.

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    Revised Phosphorus Index Can Help Curb Agricultural Runoff

    Mar 1, 2018

    Ohio farmers will soon have access to a newly revised tool that can quickly and easily tell them their risk of agricultural phosphorus runoff that could potentially move into Ohio waterways such as Lake Erie.  All with the help of an online program.  The revised Ohio Phosphorus Risk Index is a program developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service to help farmers assess their risk of phosphorus moving off farm fields. It will soon allow farmers to input their farm-specific data to generate their risk of phosphorus in agricultural runoff. The revised index is the result of the multiyear On-Field Ohio project led by Elizabeth (Libby) Dayton, a researcher in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.

  7. Catch up on the latest podcast: Between the Green

    Feb 22, 2018

    Catch up on the latest episode of Between the Green! This podcast for The Lantern is available for listeners interested in environmental topics and sustainability. Between the Green is created and hosted by Ris Twigg, a 4th year in SENR. Twigg is also an assistant photo editor for The Lantern. 

  8. The Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop, designed especially for landowners in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, is set for March 17 near Cincinnati. (Photo: Red trillium, Joshua Moore, iStock.)

    Learn How to Keep Woods and Wildlife Healthy

    Feb 22, 2018

    The emerald ash borer (EAB) has killed millions of ash trees in Ohio, the Midwest and eastern North America, including possibly yours. But there are ways to help your woods bounce back.  For starters, you should scout for invasive plants on a regular basis, said Kathy Smith, forestry expert at The Ohio State University. If you find any, you should root them out.  With fewer trees in your woods and more gaps in the canopy, “the concern is that non-native invasive species can quickly get out of hand,” Smith said. She named buckthorns, honeysuckles, garlic-mustard and kudzu as a few of the many invaders you should watch for.Woods hit by ash borers also may need selective thinning, seedling planting and changes in the owner’s management goals, Smith said, all depending on how many ash trees died and what kinds of trees remain. Harvesting timber may need to be reduced in some cases.  Smith will speak on the topic at the Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop near Cincinnati on March 17. The event offers 15 sessions on subjects including birds, bats, trees, bees, ponds, and timber and wildlife management. It’s for landowners in the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana tri-state region. It’s also for anyone else interested in conservation.

  9. Research on role of health insurance, farm viability and the agricultural economy part of Feb. 12 Politico briefing.

    Politico features faculty member’s research on farm viability

    Feb 15, 2018

    Research faculty member Shoshanah Inwood is conducting on the role of health insurance, farm viability and the agricultural economy is included in a recent Politico briefing on agriculture and food policy. The briefing draws on data from a study of farmers and ranchers in 10 case study states across the United States and recently published in Choices, which finds that health insurance is an important risk management strategy with implications for economic development and quality of life in the agricultural sector.

  10. Thomas Delomas awarded Presidential Fellowship.

    Graduate student awarded Presidential Fellowship

    Feb 13, 2018

    Thomas Delomas, a PhD student in the Fisheries and Wildlife Science specialization area in the School of Environment and Natural Resources has been awarded a Presidential Fellowship by the Graduate School at The Ohio State University.

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