Forester Steve McGinnis, with the Ohio Department of Forestry, gives information about the woods to wagonloads of visitors during the SWCD Forestry Day on Sunday. (Ada Herald/Darla Crownhart)
Forester Steve McGinnis, with the Ohio Department of Forestry, gives information about the woods to wagonloads of visitors during the SWCD Forestry Day on Sunday. (Ada Herald/Darla Crownhart)

DUNKIRK — Forestry Field Day was held on a bright and crisp Sunday afternoon this past week in Dwight Frater’s wooded property off of County Road 14 in Dunkirk.  

Sponsored by the Hardin County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), the annual event had a great turnout this year.  District Administrator Kathy Bash said, “This was the largest turnout we’ve had since we started this event.”

Nature enthusiasts of all ages were ferried  through the wooded trail on horse drawn wagons.  Forestry experts located along the trail offered information and explanations of beneficial practices to support good canopy growth and wildlife habitat in the woods.  Experts answered questions about pests and diseases affecting indigenous species as well.

After the wagon ride,  visitors were treated to a campsite offering kettle cooked ham and beans, hotdogs and drinks and s’mores for dessert.