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🌳 Tree-rific Newsletter 🌳
News and Updates!
Arbor Day is on its Way!
Happy Arbor Day! Thank you so much to everyone for for all you do to educate and help preserve our trees. 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the this holiday, and we're excited to see the celebrations around the state! This edition of PLT’s Tree-rific Resources serves to keep you informed on seasonal events, updates, and various environmental education opportunities to use in association with the PLT curriculum.
If you have any additional tree-rific opportunities to share, or if you would like more information about future educational and professional development workshops that PLT has to offer, please do not hesitate to contact our PLT-Ohio office or share on our social media pages! Be sure to check out the PLT-Ohio webpage for additional resources!
Wishing Sue a Happy Retirement!
Join us in extending best wishes and congratulations to our amazing State Coordinator, Sue Wintering, who is retiring on April 29th from the Project Learning Tree Program and the Division of Forestry.  Sue has worked with the Division of Forestry for 28 years in her role, as well as held a long career in environmental education.  While we are sad to see her go, we are thankful for the hard work that she put in over the years to make this program a success. Sue will continue to be a part of the program as a facilitator and mentor for others.   
A Note from the Division of Forestry
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry has been a proud sponsor and supporter of Project Learning Tree for over 35 years.  And for 28 of those years, the program has been caringly coordinated by Sue Wintering.  Sue’s dedication to PLT’s mission, Board of Directors, facilitators, and recipients has helped our Division address its core values of promoting science-based stewardship.  For this, I personally want to thank Sue and congratulate her on a career that not only raised forestry awareness statewide, but also encouraged thousands of Ohioans into our forests.  While Sue will be leaving, the Division’s continued commitment to PLT will remain.  Sue, I hope you thoroughly enjoy your well-deserved retirement.
 
Dan Balser, Chief
ODNR Division of Forestry
Introducing Drew!
As the Division of Forestry and PLT-Ohio begin the process for searching for our next coordinator, we welcome an additional support staff, Drew Todd, to assist with the transition! Drew had a long career within the Division of Forestry as an Urban Forester prior to retiring and coming back to assist with PLT. He hopes to use his knowledge and experiences to assist the PLT-Ohio community at large, as well as the new coordinator when they arrive! He, as well as support staffer, Ashley Hansen, and the PLT-Ohio resource email will be the primary points of contact for now. You can click on their names within this paragraph to send them a message, or scroll to the bottom of the page for additional methods of contact. 
A Note from Ashley

SPECIAL! Extended offer through June for local PLT professional development workshops to be only $10 per participant. Contact PLT-Ohio Coordinator Office to find out more and keep your workshop costs down by hosting and/or leading PLT workshops in your community. Plan for it NOW to get any one of PLT’s curriculum at this special rate!

NEWS & NOTEWORTHY
 
The Ohio Division of Forestry will be plaining 1,250 donated American chestnut trees within the coming weeks within various ODNR-managed properties, such as Hocking State Forest as part of a reforestation project that aims to help re-establish the native American chestnut trees that had historically been devastated by blight. Over the last five years, nearly 4,000 American chestnut seedlings have been planted on ODNR sites through the partnership and collaboration with the American Chestnut Foundation (TACF).
 
UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES

Wildlife Diversity Conference
Being held on May 11th, the 2022 Wildlife Diversity Conference will be held at the Ohio State University. For additional information, visit the education and training page on the Ohio DNR website
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"A Day in the Woods Series"
Join the Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in their "A Day in the Woods" series as they explore various topics related to forestry, habitat management, safety and education! You can learn more about their next course on "Understory Plants" on May13th by clicking here

Project Learning Tree-Ohio
ODNR Division of Forestry
2045 Morse Road, Bldg H-1 
Columbus, OH 43229
plt@dnr.ohio.gov
 
Sue Wintering, State Coordinator
(614) 265-6657 (through April 29th)
sue.wintering@dnr.ohio.gov
 
Drew Todd, PLT Interim Staff 
(614) 265-6694
andrew.todd@dnr.ohio.gov

Ashley Hansen, PLT Support Staff 
(614)265-6701 (Through May 6th)
ashley.hansen@dnr.ohio.gov
 
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