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

Discovering Morels and Friends

It's that time of year when our minds turn towards mushroom hunting.  Check out OSU's Erika Lyon and her presentation on morels and the friends you may find out there.  Find the video here.


Periodical Cicadas Update

The anticipated magical appearance of Brood X (10) of the 17-year periodical cicadas (Magicicada spp.) is getting closer with each day.  On one hand, the cicadas are providing clear evidence they are nearly reading take the stage en masse.  On the other hand, progress has slowed to glacial speed owing to continual dips in springtime temperatures. Read more in this always-entertaining article from OSU Extension's Joe Boggs! Just a reminder - if you love Buckeye Yard and Garden Online (BYGL) articles, you can subscribe here!

It's Crowded in Here

The Rocky Mountain Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service published an interesting piece for their Science You Can Use (in 5 minutes) series.  Read about how open forests used to be in most of eastern North American.  Access the article here and see what you think about this - Science You Can Use.

Street Tree Article Series

The Buckeye Yard and Garden Online (BYGL) team strikes again with a series on street trees written by OSU Extension Educators Thomas deHass, Eric Draper, and Ann Chanon. From maples to buckeyes to birch and more, the authors of these articles guide you through descriptions of various street trees, narrating with images. There are five parts (so far) to this series. Check them out here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

Woodland Management and Invasive Species

Join OSU Extension's Kathy Smith for this presentation on things to do when trying to manage your woodland acreage but also dealing with invasive species.  While we wish it was different, invasive species are something that every woodland owner is going to have to deal with in some way.  This video will walk through some things landowners should include in their management plans.

Making the Cut - How to Prune with Pruning Saws and Hand Pruners 

Join OSU Extension's Erik Draper, Kathy Smith, and Amy Stone in this video as they guide you through pruning do's and don'ts. This video was part of the 2020 Farm Science Review Online. For more conservation-related talks from FSR, check out the schedule

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.


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.