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Vinton Furnace State Forest

Experimental Forest Road
Wilkesville, Ohio 45695
Phone: 740-596-5781
Overview
6am to 11pm daily.

12,089 acres in Vinton County near McArthur. Home to the state's largest known population of bobcats. Also home to timber rattlesnakes, cerulean warblers and several rare plant species.

Camping permitted in Hunters Camp only. The Hunters camp is operational one day before the start of squirrel season until one day after the close of grouse season. It is open again 14 days before the start of wild turkey season and closes the day after the season ends. Campers must be legally licensed hunters and must complete a self-registration form on-site.

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attend the
27th Annual
LILY FEST

Calendar of Events
Spring Night Creatures - A Night in the Woods
Fri May 12

6:30 - 10:00 pm. A Day in the Woods Series.

Handouts provided.

Learn about and experience the creatures of the night forest including birds, amphibians, and mammals.

Identify mysterious night sounds, who makes them, and what they mean.

Cost: $10/person. Register by 5/8/17

Contact: Vinton Furnace State Forest, Phone: 740-710-3009

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Breeding Birds - A Day in the Woods
Fri Jun 9

9:00 am - 3:30 pm.

Lunch and Handouts provided.

Identify common forest birds by sight and song using new techniques.

Understand the habitat requirements of many woodland song birds.

Take home ideas to improve the breeding bird habitat in your woods.

Cost: $10/person. Register by 6/5/17

Contact: Vinton Furnace State Forest, Phone: 740-596-5212

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Crawley Creatures in Your Woods-A Day in the Woods
Fri Jul 14

9:00 am - 3:30 pm.

Lunch and Handouts provided.

Explore the insects, arachnids, and other arthropods that live in your woodland.

Hear about the important roles that these creatures play in the ecology of your woodland.

Understand the current and potential impacts that non-native insects have on your woods and Ohio's forest systems.

Cost: $10/person/Register by 7/10/17

Contact: Vinton Furnace State Forest, Phone: 740-596-5212

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Improving Habitat for Game Wildlife-Day in Woods
Fri Aug 11

9:00 am - 3:30 pm.

Lunch and Handouts provided.

Learn about habitat requirements for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, woodcock, ruffed-grouse, squirrel, and other woodland game.

Understand wildlife habitat, forest succession, and how they influence wildlife populations.

Observe techniques that you can use to enhance wildlife habitat.

Cost: $10/person/Register by 8/7/17

Contact: Vinton Furnace State Forest, Phone: 740-596-5212

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Tips Tools and Techniques to Improve Your Woods
Fri Sep 8

9:00 am - 3:30 pm. A Day in The Woods Series.

Lunch and Handouts provided.

Become familiar with methods to evaluate conditions in your woodland.

Decide which trees to remove (cull trees) and which should be managed (crop trees).

Explore practices that can enhance woodland under-story.

Understand how a timber harvest may help you achieve your woodland goals.

Cost: $10/person/Register by 9/5/17

Contact: Vinton Furnace State Forest, Phone: 740-596-5212

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
White Oak - Importance, Ecology, and Management
Fri Oct 13

9:00 am - 3:30 pm. A Day in The Woods Series.

Lunch and Handouts provided.

Understand the ecology of white oak.

Explore historical abundance and current trends in white oak populations.

Learn about white oak lumber characteristics and uses.

Cost: $10/person/Register by10/10/17

Contact: Vinton Furnace State Forest, Phone: 740-596-5212

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Stargazing - A Night in the Woods
Fri Nov 17

6:30 - 10:00 pm. A Day in The Woods Series.

Handouts provided.

View the fall night sky with minimal light pollution.

Explore constellations and planets with an astronomer.

Cost: $10/person/Register by11-13-17

Contact: Vinton Furnace State Forest, Phone: 740-596-5212

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Winter Tree and Shrub Identification-Day Woods
Fri Nov 17

9:00 am - 3:30 pm. A Day in The Woods Series.

Lunch and Handouts provided.

Use buds and twig characteristics to identify trees.

Develop an -eye- for bark.

Become familiar with nuts, acorns, and other clues that can be found on the forest floor.

Cost: $10/person/Register by11-13-17

Contact: Vinton Furnace State Forest, Phone: 740-596-5212

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Website: forestry.ohiodnr.gov/vintonfurnace
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