Like a garden, your woodland will likely provide more benefits if you give it some attention. “Tending Your Woodland”, an interactive outdoor learning opportunity for woodland owners in Southeast Ohio, will help owners to understand the various practices that they can use to improve their woodlands.

This program will be offered on Friday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest near McArthur and will include the opportunity to tour numerous field sites, demonstrating various practices that have been established since the early 1950s. Participants will have the opportunity to:

Explore crop tree management (CTM), a technique that can increase the growth rate of trees to produce more wildlife food, timber and other benefits.

Learn about Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) and how it can help woodlands become more productive.

Understand various techniques that can be utilized to enhance oak regeneration in woodlands.

Become aware of the wide array of options available to woodland owners who are contemplating a timber harvest.

Know where to get the advice and resources that will help tend woodlands.

A registration fee of $12 per person (payable on the day of the event by cash or check to Vinton SWCD) entitles participants to program materials and a box lunch. Registration is required. Please RSVP on or before Monday, Oct. 4 by emailing Dave Apsley at or by calling Cheri Porter or Dave Runkle of the Vinton SWCD at 740-596-5676.

Most of this program will be held outdoors and in the woods. All COVID-19 protocols that are in place at the time will be followed. Please bring a face covering to use when you are indoors and not fully vaccinated or if it makes you comfortable.

The Vinton Furnace State Forest is in a very remote portion of Vinton County. Signs will be posted on the morning of the event along the route from both entrances. For a map and directions to help you find the training center at the Vinton Furnace State Forest, visit For more information, contact Dave Apsley 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, USDA-Forest Service (Northern Research Station, State and Private Forestry and the Wayne NF), USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Vinton-Hocking-Athens Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Central State University Extension, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, the Ruffed Grouse Society, Ohio Forestry Association Foundation and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee. Since 2012, “A Day in the Woods” has offered nearly 80 programs with more than 100 presenters for nearly 4,000 woodland owners and enthusiasts.