On March 14, 50 Ohio wood lot owners, soil and water conservation district representatives, master gardeners and tree commissioners gathered at the Swanton Community Center to receive instructions from representatives from the Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) and Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry (ODNR-DoF) on woodland management, tree identification, wildlife management and dealing with invasive species.
Sponsored by the Swanton Tree Commission, instructors Marne Titchenell and Kathy Smith from the OSUE School of Environmental and Natural Resources, Joe Purperi from ODNR-DoF, accompanied by Eric Richer, Fulton County OSUE and Amy Stone, Lucas County OSUE, detailed techniques on how to set land owner property management goals for forest management, identity the tree species makeup of the woodlot, control, attract and in some cases discourage wildlife and control environmental hazards from invasive plant and animal species.
Attendees represented not only wood lots located in northwest Ohio counties but private forests from counties as far away as Sandusky, Licking and Morrow. Wood lot use varies from timber and tree farming, to recreational and soil/water conservation usage. Statewide, private forests vary in size from five to hundreds of acres and represent some 85 percent of all the forested lands in Ohio.