Crawley Creatures in Your Woods

McArthur, OH – Most of us are familiar with many of the larger organisms that live in the woods around us, but there is another world of animals that often escapes our attention. An amazing diversity of insects, spiders and other arthropods inhabit our woodlands. Many serve valuable roles like pollinating plants, decomposing plants and animals, and controlling pests. Others, especially the non-native ones, can cause serious harm to plants, animals and even humans if not properly managed. Program attendees will have the opportunity to:

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

• Learn 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.

• Learn about Ohio’s efforts to manage and understand native and non-native insect pests.

Featured presenters include Donnie Peterson, Wright State University; Tom Macy, ODNR-Division of Forestry; Curtis Young, Ohio State University Extension; and Sarah Rose, The Ohio State University, School of Environment and Natural Resources.

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” programs run from May through November and are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, Ohio Bird Conservation initiative and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

This program will take place on July 14th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Vinton Experimental Forest. A registration fee of $10 will cover the cost of lunch and program materials. Please RSVP by calling OSU Extension Vinton County at 740-596-5212, or email Dave Apsley at by July 10th.