Ohio’s Forests - Celebrating a Rich History; Planning for Emerging Threats

Feb 14, 2017, 7:15am - 11:00am

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Once covering nearly 95% of Ohio, forests and woodlands have been, and still are, rich sources of industry, development, recreation, clean water, biodiversity, and beauty that underpin our well-being.  Research, teaching, and outreach at Ohio State University have helped nurture Ohio’s forests and people, and a new exhibit at the iconic Thompson Library highlights Ohio’s forests:  Building Ohio State: From Forests to the Renovation of Thompson Library.  Yet, even as in decades gone by, threats to the vitality and usefulness of Ohio’s forests continue to emerge.  Attend the February 14, 2017 Environmental Professionals Network breakfast to celebrate Ohio’s forests, learn about the exhibit, discuss emerging threats, then tour the exhibit at the library.

Bus to Thompson Library and tour limited to first 44 tour registrants.            


(forestry club tree planting-1926)

(crossties and fence posts-1911)

(log loading-1917)


Celebrating Ohio’s Forests and Previewing  Thompson Library Exhibit


John Dorka, Master Logger Coordinator/Government Relations and past-Executive Director, Ohio Forestry Association


Mark Ervin, Ohio Society of American Foresters       


With brief videos; introduction of exhibit curators/sponsors* 


Ohio’s Forests – Planning for Threats: Climate Change, Invasives, and More


Stephen Matthews, PhD, Assistant Professor, OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources and Landscape Change Research Group, USDA Forest Service


Bus to Building Ohio State: from Forests to the Renovation of Thompson Library exhibit and library tour (for first 44 who sign up)

Tour guides:
Kathy Smith,  OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources, Forestry Extension Program Director
Florian Diekmann, PhD, OSU University Libraries, Head, FAES Library and Student Success Center
Adam Conway, President, Superior Hardwoods of Ohio; VP, Ohio Forestry Association Board of Directors




Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center

2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Columbus, Ohio 43210

Map and Directions




7:15        Doors open, coffee, etc. and networking

7:40        Warm breakfast buffet

8:10        Welcome

8:15        Celebrating Ohio’s Forests and Previewing Thompson Library Exhibit

8:30        Ohio’s Forests – Planning for Threats: Climate Change, Invasives, and More

9:15        Wrap-up and invitation to future EPN events

9:30        Optional, for first 44: Bus departs for Thompson Library and exhibit tour

10:50      Bus arrives back at Center


For further information about these 2nd Tuesdays Breakfasts or the EPN, please contact David Hanselmann at hanselmann.3@osu.edu or 614-247-1908.

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Payment and Registration Information For EPN Breakfast And Bus Tour: (SOLD OUT)

Payment and Registration Information For EPN Breakfast ONLY: (Registration Closed- Call Christy McLeod (614) 292-3371 with questions)

EPN Breakfast Series

The Environmental Professionals Network hosts a monthly breakfast series with compelling speakers on important innovative topics at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Ohio State’s campus - open to all!