Stephen Matthews, assistant professor of Wildlife Landscape Ecology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources will discuss Ohio’s Forests – Planning for Threats: Climate Change, Invasives, and More at the March 1 Science Café. Once covering nearly 95 percent of Ohio, forests have been, and still are, rich sources of industry, recreation, clean water, biodiversity, and beauty that underpin our well-being. Research, teaching, and outreach at The Ohio State University has helped nurture Ohio’s forests and people, and a new exhibit at the iconic Thompson Library highlights Ohio’s forests: Building Ohio State. Yet, threats to the vitality and usefulness of Ohio’s forests continue to emerge. The presentation will discuss emerging threats and management challenges faced in our forests and relay how current management aims to maintain the services forests provide.
A new exhibit presented by the Ohio State University Libraries tells the story of the unique connection and history shared between The Ohio State University and Ohio’s forests. Building Ohio State: From Forest to the Renovation of the Thompson Library examines the past, present and future of Ohio’s forest resources. On display through May 14, the exhibit features interactive opportunities to learn about Ohio’s forest resources, shows examples of forest products, and highlights sustainable forest management and its continuing role in education, sustainability and economic development in the state of Ohio. The William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library, Ohio State’s main library, underwent a complete renovation from 2006 to 2009 that not only transformed the building into a 21st century research library and campus hub, but also restored the original 1913 library to its historical grandeur.
A workshop on Feb. 6 in Bucyrus will show you how money can grow on your trees. And also under and around them. Called “Woodland Opportunities,” it’s from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Ohio State University Extension’s Crawford County office, 112 E. Mansfield St. “‘What should I do with my woods?’ It’s a question we get a lot,” said Kathy Smith, coordinator of OSU Extension’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, which is sponsoring the event and providing the instructors.
School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) faculty, staff, students and alumni are currently engaged in the process of reaccreditation of the School's forestry curriculums by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). SENR Associate Professor and Forestry Program Coordinator David Hix discusses the process of reaccreditation in a recent edition of the Ohio Society of American Foresters publication, The Ohio Hetuch (starting on page 2).
The August (8/12) Environmental Professionals Network breakfast will feature a panel of OSU, state and federal experts discussing the status of Ohio’s woodlands both environmentally and economically, and the numerous threats they face: “Pests and Invasives, Fragmentation, Changing Markets – Do Ohio’s Forests Need Foresters or Magicians?”