Reforestation Methods, Challenges and Solutions

Great Parks of Hamilton County manages 12,800 acres of natural areas in the southwest corner of Ohio. Recent changes in land use and forest canopy prompted reforestation and afforestation in both riparian and upland hardwood forest types. Plantings occurred between 2010 and 2015 on sites that ranged in size from 1 to 35 acres.
Various tree planting methods used include direct seeding, seedlings planted mechanically and by hand as well as container trees planted by staff, volunteers and contractors. Tree survival has been observed between 10 and 95% depending on the planting method and conditions. Advantages, challenges and successes of each scenario will be examined.

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Friday, January 15, 2016 - 4:25pm to 4:55pm
Tom Borgman
Great Parks of Hamilton County, Ohio
Tom Borgman is a Natural Resources Manager for the Great Parks of Hamilton County. He is responsible for controlling invasive species, wildlife management and habitat restoration in the park districts more than 17,000 acres. Some of the habitats created or restored include prairies, wetlands and forests. He has worked for the park district for 30 years. Tom has been part of the Ohio Invasive Plants Council since its inception and is active in the regional conservation organizations Green Umbrella and Taking Root.
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