Annual Forest Stewardship Conference Is March 10, 2012



AMES, Iowa — The 2012 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference is Saturday, March 10, at Sinsinawa Mound Center, Sinsinawa, Wis. This is the 18th year for the conference, which annually draws 550 woodland landowners from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

According to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Forester Jesse Randall, “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.”

stewardship of natural resourcesMore than 25 presentations will cover a wide range of forestry and wildlife topics including timber marketing in today’s economy, the how to’s of woodland burning, herbicides to use in woodlands, shelterwood harvesting, safe handling and processing of wild game, introductory beekeeping, common tree diseases and pests and how to treat them, maple syrup production for the beginner, and crop tree release techniques to maximize tree growth. A full list of topics and registration materials are posted online at www.extension.iastate.edu/forestry. Participants also 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.

“This year, there will be a two-hour chainsaw safety and maintenance discussion taught by STIHL safety instructors and a two-hour estate planning workshop,” Randall said. “Enrollment for both the chainsaw safety and the estate planning workshop will be limited to the first 50 individuals. We also will be offering a two-hour session on forest management and stream water quality that will highlight new research and restoration techniques.”

Additional conference information is available online at www.extension.iastate.edu/forestry, including the conference brochure and registration materials.

Randall encouraged woodland owners to take advantage of the early bird registration discount. The adult registration fee is $40 per person on or before Feb. 18 and $50 per person after that date. The fee includes a continental breakfast, buffet luncheon, refreshments, resource packet and handouts.

The deadline to mail registrations is March 1. 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. Registration materials will be posted at www.extension.iastate.edu/forestry.

The conference is presented in partnership with the cooperative extension ervices at Iowa State University and University of Illinois; the departments of natural resources from Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin; 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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