Here you can find a variety of items relating to enjoying and managing your woodland resource.

Backyard Woods

This publication from the U.S. Forest Service walks woodland owners through a process that helps them make some decisions about the future of their property.  It discusses maps, setting goals and implementation options for those goals.  If you are a woodland owner who is looking for some guidance about moving forward with the management of your woods this publication may be for you.  Access the publication here.


Bullet Galls and Their Guards

Have you noticed these small galls on the twigs of your oak tree?  I have a swamp white oak tree that has these galls appear all over the twigs of the tree.  Here OSU Extension's Joe Boggs talks about these galls and the guards that you will see around them.  This BYGL article can be accessed here.

Healthy Woods App

Recently a group of extension educators from University of Kentucky, Ohio State, Maryland, Cornell and others sat down and worked to create the newly launched Healthy Woods app.  This new app is designed to help woodland owners quickly and easily identify common issues in their woods.  There are also educational resources available in the app that can help landowners with forest health issues.  Download the app here and take a spin through your woods to see what it has to say.

Ohio Timber Price Report - July 2020

Ohio's timber price report is one of the oldest reports in the country.  The report is created twice a year with the input of mills across the state.  There are two sections to the report: prices as the tree stands on the stump (stumpage) and prices as logs are delivered to the mill.  You can access the July 2020 report here and see all the reports back to 1971 here.

Bark Beetles and Ambrosia Beetles: the Big Picture

OSU's Joe Boggs compares bark beetles and ambrosia  beetles highlighting how different they are from each other.  This BYGL article can be read here.



Is it Oak Wilt or Not?

Ohio's red oaks are being impacted around the state with oak wilt (pathogen Bretziella fagacearum).  OSU's Amy Stone covers what you need to know about this disease that has been in Ohio for awhile but lately seems to be much more active.  The article can be found here.


Tree ID Videos

In collaboration with the OSU South Centers and Tree Talk,  Dave Apsley, OSU Extension's Natural Resources Specialist has created a Tube video series called Tree Identification ClipsDave has created 18 clips (so far) to help Ohioans learning how to ID trees and shrubs. Enjoy!


Be Alert for Prowling Yellownecked Cats

In this BYGL article OSU's Joe Boggs covers another of our colony feeding caterpillars.  Learn all about the yelownecked caterpillar and whether it is something that you need to worry about.  Click the image to access the article.


Be Alert for Prowling Walnut Cats

In this BYGL article OSU's Joe Boggs gives us a heads up to the recent activity of the walnut caterpillar.  See what they look like, what damage they can do and what if anything you need to do.  Click on the image to access the article.


Mycorrhizal Networks: What Can They Can Tell Us About Our Forests

Mycorrhizae are a symbiotic relationship between fungi and plants and play important roles in plant nutrition, soil biology and soil chemistry.  What do these relationships tell us about our forests?  Join OSU's Erika Lyon for this video that explores the mycorrhizal networks of our forests.  Click on the image to view the video.

Ugly Oaks

This year there have been lots of questions about oak leaves.  Holes, brown spots and tattered all raise questions from landowners.  OSU's Joe Boggs catalogs what is going on this year in this BYGL article.  Click on the image to access the article.


We Speak for The Knees

Ever wonder about those knees that baldcypress produces?  Explore those knees with Secrest Arboretum's Paul Snyder.  Click on the image to read this article originally posted on BYGL.



Seeing the Forest for The Trees

Join OSU's Kathy Smith for this video presentation on how to plan to manage your woodland and the practices that can help make it happen.  This video covers TSI, crop tree management and the methods than can be used to accomplish your management objectives.  Click the image to access the video.

What Can a Fungus Tell You About Your Woods?

Join OSU's Erika Lyon and explore your woodland from the fungi that inhabit it.  Click the image to access the video.



Silvopasture Systems

This article from SENR's forestry faculty member Dr. Roger Williams explores the practice of silvopasture - combining growing quality trees within a pasture system.  Access the article here.


Galls and Tree ID

This article from OSU's Joe Boggs shows how sometimes the galls that form on tree leaves can be a big help when trying to identify that tree.  Read the article here.


Woodland Wonders: Understory Edibles

Explore our woodland understory plants with this great article from OSU Extension's Beth Scheckelhoff.  Learn about the edible side of woodland understory plants.  To access the article click on the image.



Practical Soils: What's Beneath Your Feet

Join Ohio State's Joe Boggs as he walks you through some soil basics and why soils are so important to forests.  Click on the image to access the presentation.



History of Ohio's Forests

This video covers Ohio's forests from the late 1700's to today.  Join Ohio State's Kathy Smith to learn a little history and see what are forests are like today.  Click on the image to access the video.


Celebrate Arbor Day With Horned Oak Galls

Tree galls always generate a lot of questions from woodland owners.  Here Ohio State's Joe Boggs explores the horned oak gall.  Click on the image to access this BYGL original article.



Woodland Wonders: A Tale of Two Vines

Do you ever confuse Poison Ivy with Virginia Creeper? Ohio State's Beth Scheckelhoff is back again with a detailed article on the characterisitcs of these two common woodland vines. Click the image to access this article that was posted to BYGL.

A Woodland Wildflower Wonderland

Spring is a great time to be in the woods.  Check out this article from Ohio State's Beth Scheckelhoff and enjoy!  Click the image to access this article that was posted to BYGL.


Thinking of Selling Timber?

Join Ohio State's Dave Apsley to learn about the process of selling timber and what you need to know.  Click on the image to watch the video.


Quick and Dirty Ohio Tree ID

Watch as we take you through some key characteristics that will help you with your tree ID skills.  Click on the image to watch this video.



Identification and Ecology of Morels and Friends

Enjoy this video from OSU Extension's Erika Lyon that explores the ecology and identifcation of morel mushrooms.  It is the season!  View the video by clicking on the image.



Green "Ramping Up" all over NE Ohio Forests

This spring there is a lot of green on the forest floor.  Some of it good and some of it bad.  Enjoy this article on the spring emergence of ramps via Erik Draper, OSU Horticultural Specialst in Geauga County and BYGL.  Click on the image to access the article.



Forestry and Natural Resources Webinars

Looking for some online content with topics that cover a range of forestry and natural resource related content?  The Forestry and Natural Resources Webinar Portal has a list of upcoming webinars along with an archive of topics they have covered in the past.  This webinar portal offers something for everyone.  Click on the logo to enter the site.


Tick News - Updated!

Ticks - something we all need to pay attention to.  Tick news gives you an up to date look at what you need to know about ticks.  Click on the image to watch the video from Ashley Kulhanek, Medina County Extension Educator.  

Also - OSU now has a tick lab where you can submit your tick for identification.  To access the lab information click here.


Forest Insect Pests - A Bugwood App

The photos present in this App are intended to help foresters, urban landscaping employees, or others working with trees recognize some of the common pest insects affecting trees in North America and understand their life cycles and how they damage trees.  Go to the Bugwood download page by clicking on the image.  There is also a companion web page available here.