One of the first steps to improving your woodland is to know the species of trees that grow there.

With dozens of tree species on the typical woodland property in Appalachian Ohio, this can be a formidable task. “Identifying the Trees in Your Woods” will introduce you to a simple leaf key to guide you through this process. You will have the opportunity to use the key to identify a wide assortment of tree samples in the classroom, then explore the diverse woodlands at the Vinton Furnace State Forest with experienced foresters. This will help to reinforce your leaf identification skills and to help you to learn to identify other characteristics such as bark, twigs and buds, tree form and shape, and even site or location to help you distinguish trees.

 This program will take place at the Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur on Friday, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A registration fee of $12 will cover the cost of lunch and a copy of Leaf Identification: Key to Eighty-Eight Ohio Trees.

Please use one of the following methods to register by Monday, Aug. 8:

Register and pay online at

Call  Vinton SWCD at 740-596-5676

Email Dave Apsley at

For brochures and more information about this event and upcoming programs, visit: Don’t forget to check out our Treemendous Tuesday tree identification videos at:

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Vinton Soil and Water Conservation District, Central State University Extension, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, Ohio Forestry Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, Ruffed Grouse Society, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, Pheasants and Quail Forever, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.