Ohio Woodland, Water, Wildlife Conference Recap

March 7, 2016
Roger Thoma of the Midwest Biodiversity Institute presenting, "The Crayfishes of Ohio: Their Distribution and Conservation Concerns" at this year's Ohio Woodland, Water, and Wildlife Conference (Photo credit: Marisa Twigg)
On Wednesday, March 2, the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, an OSU Extension program offered through the School of Environment and Natural Resources, held it’s 11th annual Ohio Woodland, Water, and Wildlife Conference at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center in Mansfield, Ohio.
 
Each year, the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program hosts this conference to provide informational opportunities for Ohio natural resource professionals across the state, in an effort to address the most pressing issues concerning natural resources and how to effectively manage those resources with these issues in mind.
 
Nearly 200 people were in attendance, ranging from Ohio resource managers to researchers and everything in between. Attendees also engaged in networking opportunities and information sessions, in addition to a delicious lunch catered by the conference center.
 
Among the topics discussed were the importance of riparian patches, why volunteers are vital to science, controlling invasive species, and how to integrate technology into promoting nature. Presenters included Kathy Smith, forestry Extension director, Laura Kearns, from the ODNR Division of Wildlife, and Danae Wolfe, also from OSU Extension, as well as others from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Purdue Extension, and more.
 
Interested in attending future conferences? Be sure to check out the Ohio Woodland Stewards Facebook and Twitter pages for daily updates!