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‘Day in the Woods’ offers in-depth look at Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest

April 2, 2012

OSU Extension – Vinton County News

The 12,000–acre Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest is one of the Ohio’s best kept secrets. It is Ohio’s newest state forest and one of the premier research and demonstration forests in the United States.  And it’s near McArthur.

“A Day in the Woods” is a cooperative educational effort designed to introduce woodland owners and folks with an interest in forestry and natural resources to this wonderful place.  “A Day in the Woods” is free to the public and is a great opportunity to learn about the many resources available to woodland owners in Southeast Ohio. To learn more about the woods and what’s happening at the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest, attend “A Day in the Woods” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14.

The morning activities will include a brief presentation on the history of the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest, and a wide variety of staffed displays from numerous partnering agencies and organizations who serve woodland owners.  A complimentary lunch will be followed by wagon tours featuring the woodland owner demonstration area, research at the Vinton Furnace, and the iron furnace and Belgium coke ovens.

For a brochure and more information, visit http://seohiowoods.wordpress.com. Please RSVP by calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at apsley.1(at)osu.edu.

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OSU Extension has a newly published homebuyer’s guide that provides education on owning a home, obtaining money for a home, finding a home and making an offer, selecting a mortgage and closing the deal. This 65-page guide is valuable for first-time and experienced homeowners and can be obtained from the Extension Office for $7.75 plus tax. Bulk discounts are available as well.

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Would you like to get ready for spring by becoming more fit or even losing a couple pounds? Ohio State University Extension is again offering an online wellness challenge. This six-week challenge will last from April 23 to June 4 and offer two messages a week to inspire you to improve your health.

The challenge is designed to help participants improve their health and maybe even lose a couple pounds by encouraging regular exercise, nutrition, recipe substitutions, and wellness tips. Participants will receive twice weekly e-communications via blogs, Facebook, and email with research based tips and recipes.  All participant information is kept confidential. Program only available for adults, ages 18 and over.

There will be weekly drawings for cookbooks, fitness products, and other prizes to encourage wellness — all participants are eligible to win. Additional food and activity logs will be available for download to help participants track their progress.  A pre- and post-challenge survey will be used to collect comments to improve future challenges and track participant progress.

Adults interested in participating in should send an email to barlage.7(at)osu.edu with Live Healthy, Live Well Spring Challenge in the subject line and subscribe in the body of the email.  You’ll be enrolled and begin receiving e-communications starting mid April. While Facebook will be utilized, participants only need to have an email address.

For more information on any of the above programs, contact the Extension office at 596-5212 or http://vinton.osu.edu

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