The annual Ohio Tree Farm of the Year Tour is slated for Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Snowy Oak Tree Farm in Ashtabula County, according to the Ohio Division of Forestry. Dr. Paul and Joanne Mechling will host the event, which is free and open to the public.
“The Mechlings are strong advocates for sustainable, well-managed woodlands,” said Dan Balser, chief of the Ohio Division of Forestry. “They are being recognized by their woodland-owner peers in the Ohio Tree Farm System for their outstanding example of private land stewardship to achieve many forest and wildlife benefits.”
Visitors can explore the 365-acre Snowy Oak Tree Farm to view forest management practices, pollinator habitat, and wildlife food plots. The Mechling family produces maple syrup on Snowy Oak Tree Farm, and maple tubing and sap production will be one of the many displays featured, along with invasive plant species control, bridge construction, wetland design, and tree planting.
The event is free to the public, and RSVPs are appreciated at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact (614) 309-6096. This event will take place rain or shine, and hiking footwear is recommended. Parking will be at the Pierpont Township Fire Hall at 6006 Marcy Road, Pierpont, OH 44082. A shuttle service will be provided to the tree farm.
The Division of Forestry promotes the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit forestry.ohiodnr.gov. Follow us on Instagram at @odnrforestry (instagram.com/odnrforestry).
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.