ANROP Study Tour - May 24, 2017

Join your ANROP friends on Wednesday, May 24th for a fun, informational Study Tour! View full agenda.

We will be touring the Speyside Bourbon Cooperage in Jackson to view the manufacturing new bourbon barrels using Appalachian white oak, and then continuing our study tour at the Vinton Experimental Forest.  The Speyside Bourbon Cooperage was started by a local entrepreneur in the former Merillat Cabinet production plant in Jackson. Merillat was at one time one of the largest employers in Jackson.  Due to market conditions, they closed their plant, putting hundreds of skilled employees out of jobs.  Local entrepreneurs stepped up with Jobs Ohio and Speyside out of Scotland, and the result is a success story (see their incredible success story in this YouTube video and on their Facebook page).

The afternoon visit to the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest will include a wagon tour of research and demonstration areas where you will:

  • Visit the Iron Furnace and learn about the historic land use that led to the oak-dominated forests in southern Ohio.
  • Tour study sites focused on oak management including prescribed fire and harvesting studies.
  • Learn about vernal pool/amphibian, bobcat, eastern timber rattlesnake and other wildlife research that is being conducted at the forest.

A light breakfast and lunch are included in the $25 registration fee. A printable agenda is here. We will meet at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson between 8:30 – 9:30 and then carpool to the first tour.

There is a lodging option that includes a hike of Canter's Cave the night before the tour (March 23). For an additional $25 (double occupancy) you can stay at the Leadership Center at Canter’s Cave. They have nine rooms available each with separate shower and restroom facilities.

5:00 to 7:00 PM   Hike Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp

  • Experience sandstone cliffs and giant hemlock trees at Canter’s Cave
  • Learn about hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) in Ohio
  • See a large standing dead American chestnut tree a relic from the past
  • Observe bigleaf magnolia with its massive leaves (nearly 3 ft. long) and flowers (12 inch diameter).  In Ohio this rare tree only occurs in the Rock Run area of Jackson County.

Click here to register! OSU Employees can pay with their chartfield information. Those attending who are not OSU employees can register and mail a check made payable to OSU Extension to Julie Moose, OSU Extension ANR, 2120 Fyffe Rd., 25A, Columbus, OH 43210

For more information, contact Dave Apsley.