Aug 21, 2017
Look for new features like wildflowers and a healthy streambank in Farm Science Review’s Gwynne Conservation Area. The nearly 70-acre facility, part of the Review’s host site, the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio, has two new projects underway — one to diversify its prairie plantings; the other, to protect the banks of Deer Creek, which flows through the grounds. Review Manager Nick Zachrich said the projects offer two benefits: They improve the Gwynne itself year round. And they demonstrate practices that farmers — especially the Review’s expected 100,000-plus visitors Sept. 19-21 — can take home and use on their own land, too.
Aug 14, 2017
ENR Express Services for Spring 2018.
Aug 7, 2017
This year’s Composting in Ohio tour, featuring industry issues and innovative facilities, will center around Lake Erie. The Aug. 24 event is for anyone interested in commercial or large-scale composting, including business owners, compost facility staff, farmers, scientists and public officials. Participants on the tour will visit Barnes Nursery Inc.’scompost facility in Huron, which annually turns 20,000 tons of yard waste, food scraps and other materials into plant-friendly soils and composts; and a new system run by the Port of Cleveland and Cleveland’s Kurtz Bros. Inc. that recycles sediment dredged from the lake and the Cuyahoga River. Huron is about 50 miles west of Cleveland along Lake Erie’s shore.
Aug 1, 2017
A mystery illness is hitting northeast Ohio’s American beech trees. Called beech leaf disease, it’s causing striped and curled leaves, weak buds, and sometimes the death of saplings. It seems to be spreading fast, too. “And we really don’t know what’s causing it,” said Kathy Smith, forestry program coordinator at The Ohio State University. The less-bad news: An upcoming event will shed light on the disease, plus many other problems that can bug Ohio’s trees.
Jul 25, 2017
The first-ever Energy Impacts Symposium is taking place this Wednesday and Thursday at The Ohio State University. The event is an international research conference on the effects of new energy development — including both renewable and fossil fuels — on people, communities and economies. Organizers are expecting about 140 energy-related social science experts from 25 U.S. states, Canada, five continents and 100 universities. The experts will represent fields such as public health, public policy, psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and community development.
Jul 24, 2017
When it comes to using a chainsaw, there are things you want to cut, like any of Ohio’s millions of still-standing dead ash trees killed by the emerald ash borer pest, and things you don’t want to cut, like … anything not a tree. A class offered Aug. 3 in Mansfield will help you keep them straight. Chainsaw Safety: CSAW Level 1 offers 8 hours of training by experts from the Zanesville-based Ohio Forestry Association. Topics will include personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features, chainsaw maintenance, and the reaction forces acting on a chainsaw’s chain and guide bar.
Jul 14, 2017
A July 18-19 workshop — for teachers of pre-K through high school — will explore the nature of Ohio State’s Mansfield campus and the newly revised Project Learning Tree-Ohio.
Jul 12, 2017
Twenty-one central Ohioans received their Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program certificates at a May 30 celebration at the Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware, Ohio. The OCVN program is a research-based education program of The Ohio State University. It emphasizes hands-on natural resource and environmental education coupled with volunteer service.
“Participating in the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program is a great way to invest in your ability to lead nature programs and share the natural world with others,” said Saundra McBrearty, outreach and volunteer specialist with Preservation Parks of Delaware County and co-coordinator of the Central Ohio OCVN Chapter.
Jul 10, 2017
Bird species identified in the U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Bird Atlas are behind an award winning new interactive art installation on display through the month of July in Minneapolis, MN. The installation, “Orbacles” by MINN_LAB won Minneapolis’ 2017 Creative City Challenge.
Jul 2, 2017
Rattan Lal, Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, received the Honoris Causa degree from the Universitat de Lleida, Spain on June 13.