2019 Forest of Honor inductees

Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum Camp Director Todd Davis, ODNR Division of Forestry Chief Dan Balser, Gary Kaster, Dave Apsley and ODNR Assistant Director Mindy Bankey attended the 2019 Forest of Honor ceremony.

ZALESKI — David Apsley recently received special recognition for his foresty education efforts.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry honored two individuals and one organization for their contributions to forestry in Ohio at the Forest of Honor ceremony in Zaleski State Forest on Oct. 17.

Apsley is the primary coordinator and leader of the “A Day in the Woods-2nd Friday Series” programming, now in its eighth year at Vinton Furnace State Forest and other southeastern Ohio locations. More than 100 presenters and partners have collaborated to teach and sponsor 70 programs to more than 3,000 woodland owners and enthusiasts representing the 125,000 acres of woodlands they own.

This year’s programs included sessions about woodland stewardship, timber harvesting and tree identification, as well as wildlife and woodland research.

Other honorees recognized at the ceremony were Gary Kaster and Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum.

Inductees to the Forest of Honor have trees planted in their honor.

sdawes@vintoncourier.com; @sydneydawes_95

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