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Ohio Woodland Stewards

  1. Creek flows through a landscape of wildflowers and fresh spring vegetation

    Workshop Offers Insights for Woodland Owners

    Feb 23, 2023

    The annual Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop is right around the corner. If you are a woodland owner, don't miss this opportunity to attend!
    Participants will gain insights into woodland, pond, and wildlife management and learn about opportunities and strategies to improve your woodland.

  2. A group of people learning about turkey habitat management.

    Wild turkey management workshops draw engaged interest

    Sep 21, 2022

    The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program and the Terrestrial Wildlife and Ecology Lab partnered with ODNR’s Division of Wildlife to host two wild turkey management workshops for natural resources professionals and landowners.

  3. Soils

    Soil health webinar available and upcoming webinar announced

    Jun 1, 2022

    A webinar, Soil Health in Urban and Rural Forest Ecosystems with Dr. Brian Slater, professor and Extension specialist in soil resources is available and provides an overview of the assessment of soil health and discusses the relationship between soil health and soil function, and overall ecosystem services.

    Dr. Slater will offer another webinar via the Ohio Woodland Stewards program on how soils are impacted by climate change on June 10, 2022. 

  4. Blue Jay on a branch

    The role of a mutualism in reestablishing American Chestnut Tree in Ohio

    May 25, 2022

    James Wright, who recently completed his doctoral studies at Ohio State in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) published a paper with SENR faculty Stephen Matthews and Christopher Tonra and Cornelia Pinchot with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, to examine the role of a plant-animal mutualism in the reintroduction of chestnut and regeneration in oak forests.

  5. Ohio Woodland Stewards to host a conference for natural resource professionals in March.

    March conference to assist natural resource professionals

    Jan 13, 2020

    The 2020 Ohio Woodland Water and Wildlife Conference will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center in Mansfield, OH.  This conference is geared towards keeping natural resource professionals up to date on today's key issues. The presentations provide the latest research and information on topics that will help those that manage Ohio's natural resources be better land stewards. There are also presentations designed to give resource managers a head's up - putting today's critical issues on their radar. The conference is organized by the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program.

  6. An Aug. 17 workshop will share the basics of using QGIS, a free and open-source geographic information system, to map tree cover, land use and more. (Photo: iStock.)

    Workshop for Natural Resource Pros Will Give Intro to QGIS

    Aug 10, 2016

    MANSFIELD, Ohio — Learn the ABCs of using QGIS — in this case, to map tree cover, land use, water quality and similar data — in an Aug. 17 workshop in Mansfield.  QGIS is a free and open-source geographic information system, or GIS. It works on operating systems including Mac OS X, Linux, Unix and Microsoft Windows.  The workshop is for anyone who studies or works with natural resources, including forests, farmland, watersheds and wildlife, said Kathy Smith, coordinator of the event’s sponsor, the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program.
  7. What’s been eating the trees in your care? An Aug. 5 workshop will show you the suspects — and whether you need to treat them or not. (Photo: iStock.)

    Learn How to Diagnose Tree Problems at Workshop

    Jul 27, 2016

    Call it learning triage for trees.  The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program is holding a workshop on diagnosing tree problems — from holes in leaves to galls on twigs, thinning crowns to dying branches — on Aug. 5 in Mansfield.  Kathy Smith, coordinator of the program, said participants will learn how to tell if a tree needs immediate attention or not. Benefits can include faster treatment and better recovery on one hand and less urgency and expense on the other.  The workshop is mainly for tree and landscape professionals, she said. It offers continuing education credits under the Society of American Foresters’ Continuing Forestry Education program and the International Society of Arboriculture’s Certified Arborist program.
  8. How to help denizens of wetlands, like this picturesque American toad? An upcoming workshop will show you. (Photo by Cephas licensed under GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.)

    Toadally Beneficial: Workshop on Wetlands and Wildlife June 3

    May 23, 2016

    ou’re in luck — and being helpful — if your land has a wetland, says Marne Titchenell, a wildlife specialist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.  “Wetlands are rare habitats that many plants and animals depend on,” she said. “Landowners who are willing to dedicate a portion of their land to a wetland are providing some much-needed homes for wildlife.”  She’ll co-teach a workshop on the topic June 3. Wetlands for Wildlife is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Ohio State’s Mansfield campus, 1760 University Drive. The sponsor is the college’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program.
  9. A workshop at Holden Arboretum in northeast Ohio will show how to control harmful invasive forest plants like this garlic mustard. (Photo: Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut,

    Ohio’s Worst Woodland Invaders and How to Stop Them: May 20

    Apr 25, 2016

    Kathy Smith and Marne Titchenell want to give honeysuckle the boot. Along with garlic mustard, autumn olive, buckthorn and many others. They’ll show how in a workshop in northeast Ohio.  The event is called Forest Health: Non-Native Invasive Plants. It’s on May 20 at Kirtland’s Holden Arboretum.  Smith and Titchenell are experts in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.  The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program is the workshop’s sponsor. The college’s outreach arm, Ohio State University Extension, runs the program.
  10. The Good, the Bad and the Hungry will show ways to live in peace with wild neighbors, including raccoons like this one. (Photo: cullenphotos, iStock.)

    Got Backyard Wildlife Problems? April 14 Workshop Has Solutions

    Apr 4, 2016

    A key to handling backyard wildlife problems, from smelly skunks to ravenous raccoons, hungry deer to messy geese, is making your backyard a worse place to be.  For them, that is, not you.  “If you can identify the component of the habitat that’s attracting an animal to your yard — usually it’s food or shelter — and then can modify or eliminate it, you’ll go a long way to solving the conflict,” said Marne Titchenell of The Ohio State University. She’ll share that and other remedies in a workshop April 14.