The Chillicothe region is full of public parks, but have you ever visited those in neighboring Jackson Country?
Lake Katharine State Nature Reserve home to over 60 tree species…including the Umbrella and Bigleaf magnolias, at the northern edge of their ranges.
This Saturday, check out your trees on a guided hike there, just northwest of the town of Jackson. Join Natural Areas and Preserves Division staff with Dave Apsley (Forester with OSU Extension) and Roger Donaldson (Jackson City Library Director) for a guided hike discussing the basics of tree identification in the field.
You are encouraged to bring binoculars and you will receive a document for the moderately difficult hike.
Meet at the main Lake Katharine parking lot at 10am on February 5th. Registration is requested by emailing the reserve manager at [email protected] or by calling 740/286-2487.
The address is 1703 Lake Katharine Rd. Jackson, Ohio 45640.
Botanists report that the Umbrella and Bigleaf magnolias are at the northern limit of their range on the Allegheny Plateau.
Their distribution in Ohio conforms very well to the preglacial drainage lines of the Teays River and its major tributaries. The plant most likely reached Ohio in preglacial times by seeds carried along this river.
They have interesting adaptations to ensure cross-pollination. They are pollinated by beetles, which feed on various parts of flowers.