Midwest Native Plant Society

Connecting People and Nature

Tree and Shrub Workshop

February 28, 2015
Caesar Creek Lake
Core of Engineers Visitor Center
4020 Clarksville Road
Waynesville, Ohio

​We think Trees and Shrubs are very important. That is why we are dedicating a one-day workshop just to talk about these important native plants, how they benefit us and how the wildlife around us depends on them for survival. We have some real experts helping us out, too, from our knowledgeable and diverse conference speakers, Jim McCormac, Brian Jorg and Solomon Gamboa, to our expert trip leaders who will guide us through fields and woods to learn about Winter Tree and Shrub ID.
Also, since this is the very beginning of Spring (it really is!), we will be in the middle of some great bird migration too and perhaps we will have luck seeing amphibians at the vernal pools located at Caesar Creek.​



8:30 - 9:00 am Registration, Continental Breakfast

9:00 Welcome, Judy Ganance, Midwest Native Plant Society MC

Ohio’s Botanical Workhorses: Trees and Shrubs, Jim McCormac
There are about 240 native trees and shrubs in Ohio. Although they constitute only about 13% of the state’s indigenous flora, woody plants do much of the ecological heavy lifting. Most songbirds build their nests in trees and shrubs, and glean food from their foliage. A disproportionate percentage of our several thousand species of caterpillars utilize woody plants as hosts, and require their leaves for nutrition. Without the larvae of moths and butterflies, many birds would vanish as caterpillars are a major food source. There are scores of other ways in which trees and shrubs interact with animals and provide services that benefit all of Nature, including people. About 23% of Ohio’s woody plants are imperiled to some degree, adding another dimension to the important issue of habitat conservation. This program will be a big picture look at the important roles that our trees and shrubs perform, and the interesting relationships that have evolved among their leaves and branches.
Jim works for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, specializing in nongame wildlife diversity issues, especially birds. Prior to that, he was a botanist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He was inaugural president of the Ohio Ornithological Society, and was the 2009 recipient of the Ludlow Griscom award, given annually by the American Birding Association to individuals who have made significant regional contributions to ornithology. He is author of Birds of Ohio (Lone Pine 2004); The Great Lakes Nature Guide (Lone Pine 2009); the Lake Erie Birding Trail Guidebook (2014); and Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage (Kent State University Press 2009). The latter won the 2010 Ohioana Book award. He is coauthor of the soon to be released Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II book. Jim writes a column, Nature, for the Columbus Dispatch, has authored or co-authored dozens of scientific and popular articles in a variety of publications, and has delivered hundreds of presentations throughout the eastern United States. He is at work on a book about wood-warblers.

10:30 Trees and Shrubs for Midwest Landscapes, Brian Jorg

This Presentation will look at the best Midwest trees and shrubs for our gardens. Not only to enhance the aesthetics of our landscapes, but also which plants will have a positive impact on our native wildlife and local ecosystems. The plants we will cover should be commercially available, and have proven to be solid performers in our plantings. We will cover the overall size, fall color, culture, and wildlife value of these great plants as well as how these plants can benefit us.
Brian F. Jorg, Manager of the Native Plant Program, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Prior to joining the Zoo, Brian was a horticulturist at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, for 15 years. Brian’s current responsibilities include managing the Native Plant Program. This includes the conservation, education, and promotion of native flora. Finding more efficient manners of propagation and cultivation are a prime goal of this program. These protocols can then be used on rare and endangered plants in conservation efforts. Brian also manages the wetland restoration project at a Zoo property in Warren County. At that location, they have successfully reverted an agricultural field back into a thriving wetland.

11:30 to Noon - Lunchtime

12:15 Seeing the Forest from the Soils, Solomon Gamboa
This presentation is designed to provide the basic information needed for you to choose trees that were original to your landscape pre-settlement accounting for post-disturbance such as grading and compacting. You'll also learn how to use the USDA Web Soil Survey tool which is instrumental in retrieving GPS coordinated in depth soil information. Much of the midwest is glaciated with either glacial outwash or glacial till deposits, but also features loess deposits, original soil that formed in place called residuum, aeolian, and alluvium deposits. Each of these soils, their PH, their hydrology, moisture availability, and slope/aspect shaped the regeneration of our 2nd growth and older growth forests. From cross-studying 2nd growth and older growth remnants with the USDA web soil survey tool, Solomon Gamboa will provide site specific insight to how to envision the reforestation of our neighborhoods from the soils up.
Solomon is focused on building programs that promote positive interactions between people and nature. He regularly speaks for non-profits as well as holding workshops through his business Pioneer Landscapes, LLC., and teaches classes for Civic Garden Center. He specializes in seeing the essence of ecosystems from the soil, hydrology, geology, and topography up into the flora that rely upon that inorganic foundation. His horticultural philosophy is based on utilizing the unique spaces that differing native plant heights and shapes create within the landscape to mimic the endless dimensions of visual levels nature naturally creates. He also works at Cincinnati Parks as a full-time Horticulturist, while serving as president and director of Community Sprouts, and vice president of the Greater Cincinnati Wild Ones-a non-profit chapter advocating for the use of native flora.

1:30 Afternoon Field Trips
We will have a variety of field trip offerings at Caesar Creek. Some will be focused on Tree Winter ID, others will focus on Trees, but a side-trip to look at early migrants coming thru, especially Ducks on the lake. Bring your binoculars for this one!
Sign-up sheets for all trips will be at the morning registration table.