Working To Create A Greener World – Oct. 17, 2018

Getting To Work In Working Woods

Beginning in the fall of 2018, visitors to the Holden Arboretum may notice new activity in Working Woods as we launch a multi-year study to test at the land management techniques to help young forests transform into healthy mature forests. In 2015, Holden Forests & Gardens received a $500,000 gift from the Sherwick Fund of the Cleveland Foundation to create Working Woods, 67-acre living laboratory and outdoor classroom designed to test methods for managing wooded properties and teach best practices to landowners.

With much of the wooded land in the state owned by private landowners with parcels of 10 acres or less, providing those property owners with resources to help them care for their forested land is one of the best ways Holden Forests & Gardens can help care for Ohio’s native forests. Our research, conservation and community forestry staff members will be working together in collaboration with partners from Cleveland State University to look at how landowners might best manage these forest tracts through select thinning of trees, removal of invasive plant species, and cultivation of native understory plants. We will also be exploring how our changing climate may influence land management techniques.

Visitors might notice trees that have been tagged for measurement during the study, such as this one:

Working Woods tree marked for measurement as part of the study
Young forest in Working Woods. The ribbon tied around the tree indicates that it will be measured as part of the research project.
Measuring multiflora rose
Research interns takes measurements of the multiflora rose growing in Working Woods as part of the multi-year project to study methods for transforming younger forests into older, healthy forests. The plant is an invasive species.
Stebbins forest
The goal is to help the forest transition into a healthy, older forest such as the one that can be found in the Stebbins area of the Holden Arboretum

Follow us to learn more about the project as it continues to unfold over the coming months.


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