Annual Forest Stewardship Conference is March 14

The 2015 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at Sinsinawa Mound Center, Sinsinawa, Wis. This is the 21st year for the conference, which annually draws 500 woodland landowners from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.

According to Jesse Randall, Iowa State University Extension forester, “It has become one of the largest private woodland owner conferences in the nation. The conference regularly fills to capacity, so those interested in participating are encouraged to register early to secure their place and receive the ‘Early Bird’ registration discount.”

More than 25 presentations will cover a wide range of topics focusing on private woodland owners, including, timber marketing in today’s economy, tree growth rings and fire scars, herbicides to use in woodlands, Maple syrup making, crop tree release management techniques, introductory tree pruning, tree ID, common tree diseases and pests and how to treat them, woodland wildflowers and how to propagate them, prescribed fire for wildlife, Mississippi River waterbirds, etc. Online registration is available and can be found at the following web address http://extension.illinois.edu/go/tristateforest .

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with state and federal forest managers, as well as to see the most recent advances in forestry technology at the vendors fair.
Additional conference information is available online at www.extension.iastate.edu/forestry, including the conference talks, presenter bio’s and registration materials will be available for online registration and for mail in registration.

Randall encouraged woodland owners to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration Discount. The adult registration fee is $45 per person on or before February 13 and $55 per person after that date. The fee includes a continental breakfast, buffet luncheon, refreshments, resource packet and handouts.
The deadline to receive the paper registrations is February 26 and online registration will be allowed until March 3rd. Advance registration is required; no walk-in registrations on the day of the conference will be allowed. Participation is limited to 550; so early registration is encouraged and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The conference is presented in partnership with the Cooperative Extension Services at Iowa State University and University of Illinois; the Department of Natural Resources from each of the three states; the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University; and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Sinsinawa Mound Center is located in Wisconsin, a few miles east of Dubuque, Iowa.

For more information, contact Jesse Randall at 515-294-1168 or send email to randallj@iastate.edu.

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