CADIZ, OH - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry and the Harrison County Soil & Water District will jointly host 200 fifth-graders from Harrison County schools at Harrison State Forest near Cadiz, April 15, 2004, at 9:30 a.m.
"This event provides an opportunity to advance reforestation efforts while educating young people about the importance of forestry," said State Forester John Dorka.
State foresters and SWCD staff will lead students in a discussion of forest issues with a focus on timber management, soils, wildlife, and environmental quality. Representatives from the Earth Action Partnership will provide presentations on wetlands to the students.
The students will also plant 2,000 trees as part of a reforestation effort on previously strip-mined land within the forest.
The Division of Forestry's Marietta State Nursery is providing the Red Oak, White Oak and White Ash trees for the event. Harrison State Forest is located in Harrison County, approximately three miles north of Cadiz, east of State Route 9.
The ODNR Division of Forestry manages 20 state forests on more than 185,000 acres, spanning parts of 21 counties. Using Best Management Practices (BMPs), the state foresters demonstrate proper timber management within these forests. Benefits of these properly-managed forests include timber, improved forest health, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, aesthetics and recreational opportunities.
Directions to event: Take State Route 9 approximately 2 miles North of Cadiz to County Road 13 (head East)- turn North onto Twp Road 186 and continue on (1-2 miles) until you see the activity on the right side of the road.