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Saturday, February 7, 2018

9:30am to 2:00pm

Gates Mills Environmental Education Center

390 County Line Road, Gates Mills 44040

Meeting Activities

  9:30 am -- Registration, coffee, light breakfast

10:00 am -- Presentation 1 (Damage in the Landscape)

11:30 am -- Potluck lunch; please bring a dish to share

12:15 pm -- Presentation 2 (Insects and Disease Prevention/Treatment)

Damage in the Landscape: How to Identify the Creature that Committed the Crime

Presenter: Marne Titchenell, Wildlife Program Specialist at The Ohio State University

Marne grew up spending time outdoors during yearly family vacations and from these experiences, developed a passion for nature and wildlife.


In late 2007, she accepted her current position as Wildlife Program Specialist at the School of Environment and Natural Resources at OSU Extension. In this position, Marne provides a variety of educational programs, workshops, conferences, and publications centered on wildlife ecology and biology, habitat management for wildlife, and managing nuisance wildlife species.

Marne received her Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management and Forestry from The Ohio State University in 2004. She continued her study of forest wildlife at OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources, where she obtained her Master of Science degree in 2007.

As a master's student, Marne studied the response of bat populations in southern Ohio to shelter wood harvests in oak-hickory forests. She has gained experience working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA Forest Service. In 2006, Marne worked as a naturalist for the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, where she developed a passion for environmental education.

Insect and Disease Prevention and Treatment Strategies with Organic Alternatives

Presenter: Mike Byers, Instructor at Lakeland Community College and Cuyahoga Community College

Mike is the owner of Home Horticultural Services. He is an Ohio Licensed Commercial Pesticide Applicator, ISA Certified Arborist, and is a Professional Consultant for Brookside Laboratories, which provides soil, water, and plant testing and analysis services. In addition, Mike is the caretaker of a private estate in Waite Hill.

Mike received his Bachelors degree in Botany and a Masters degree in Biology from Kent State University. In the past, Mike provided DesNet members with a Hands-On Pruning Workshop at Mentor Heights Nursery. Please welcome Mike back for another fabulous program! He is an excellent speaker with a wealth of information to share. 

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