The West Virginia University Extension Service and the West Virginia Division of Forestry (WVDOF) will host a walk in the woods in Marion County Thursday, Oct. 13. Participants will tour property of Enid Crawford, managed by WVDOF Forester Juergen Wildman.

On previous tours of this property, groups have visited the south side of the site, viewing a recent timber harvest and new roads established to provide access for the harvesting operation,said Dave McGill, WVU Extension forest specialist and associate professor of forest resources and management in the WVU Davis College.

The Oct. 13 walk in the woods will visit the north side of the property to observe and discuss stream crossings and boundaries, invasive plant control, crop tree management efforts conducted in 2000, timber harvesting using group selection, the importance of directional felling, and old field succession,he said.

The tour will begin promptly at 10 a.m. and will conclude at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Please be advised that this tour will require a moderately strenuous hike of about 1.5 miles,McGill said.Remember to wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing for inclement weather, and please feel free to invite a neighbor.

People interested in participating can call McGill, 304-293-2941, ext. 2474. Location details will be provided by McGill upon registration.