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  1. Measuring Standing Trees

    Mar 11, 2024

    Woodland owners often need to measure the merchantable board-foot content (termed "volume") of certain trees in their woodland. In order to sell timber, for example, an estimate is needed of the quantity to be sold. If trees are to be cut to provide lumber, an estimate of volume is needed to determine what size and how many trees to cut. Using the methods described in this article, a woodland owner can estimate the board-foot volume in one or several trees.
  2. Food Preservation: Freezing Fruits

    Mar 11, 2024

    Freezing fruits is a simple and quick method of preservation. Freezing costs more than canning or drying because it requires purchasing a freezer and maintaining operating costs, but if done properly, it preserves more nutrients and fresh flavor.
  3. Using the Tree Measuring Stick

    Mar 11, 2024

    The tree measuring stick is a useful tool for measuring trees and logs. Although not as precise as more specialized tools, it is inexpensive, easy to carry, and accurate enough for most of your tree and log measurement needs. This stick incorporates several tools that are commonly used by foresters and the forest industry, and can help woodland owners better understand and manage their forest resource.What can you measure with this stick?
  4. Timber Theft in Ohio

    Mar 11, 2024

    When someone enters another person's property and knowingly cuts and removes a tree or trees without the permission of the landowner it is known as timber theft. Since many cases of timber theft go unreported or are settled out of court, it is difficult to obtain reliable statistics. However, many in Ohio's forest community believe that there has been an increase in the incidence of timber theft since timber prices have been rebounding since the recent Great Recession.
  5. Controlling Non-Native Invasive Plants in Ohio Forests: Japanese Stiltgrass

    Mar 11, 2024

    Japanese stiltgrass—also known as Nepalese browntop (Microstegium vimineum)—is an annual grass, native to Asia, that can reach more than 3.5 feet in height and can form extensive colonies. It was likely introduced accidentally as packing material in shipments of goods from its native range.
  6. Getting the Most Return From Your Timber Sale

    Mar 11, 2024

    Approximately 84 percent of Ohio's forest land is owned by private nonindustrial woodland owners. Each year many of these individuals receive significant income from their woodlands by properly marketing timber. In addition, by following management guidelines in selecting those trees to be harvested and those to leave standing, they improve the health and vigor of their forest as well as its quality for other uses. However, some woodland owners sell their timber for only a fraction of its value because they do not market it properly.
  7. Using Local Woodlot Lumber

    Mar 11, 2024

    Ohio's Appalachian hardwoods are unique in their variety, quality and beauty. Ohio's forests contain well over 100 different hardwoods and 25 different softwood tree species. Historically, humans have used wood and wood products for shelter, fire, and in war, making wood an integral part of our civilization. We use wood because it is easy to work with, inexpensive, durable, and readily available. Early settlers relied heavily on old growth yellow poplar to make barn siding.
  8. Controlling Non-Native Invasive Plants in Ohio Forests: Bush Honeysuckle

    Mar 11, 2024

    Amur, Morrow, and Tartarian honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.)
  9. Corn Response to Long-Term Weather Stressors

    Mar 5, 2024

    Factors affecting crop production include genetics, environment, and management practices (G × E × M interactions). Environmental conditions across regions vary on spatial and temporal scales (Figure 1).
  10. Blacklegged (Deer) Tick, Ixodes scapularis

    Feb 29, 2024

    Blacklegged ticks, also called deer ticks, are blood-feeding parasites that may infect people, horses, and companion animals with pathogens that cause diseases.

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