Annual Forest Stewardship Conference Is March 12



AMES, Iowa — The 2011 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference is Saturday, March 12, at Sinsinawa Mound Center, Sinsinawa, Wis. This is the 17th year for the conference, which annually draws 550 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 growing and maintaining backyard fruit trees, timber marketing in today’s economy, the how to’s of woodland burning, surveying the land for wildlife, introductory beekeeping, emerald ash borer and gypsy moth updates in the tri-state region, design and layout of forest roads and trails to stop erosion, raising/collecting forest edibles, and crop tree release techniques to maximize tree growth. A full list of topics with each presenter’s biographical sketch can be found 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 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.”
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. 19 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 2. 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 can be found at www.extension.iastate.edu/forestry/.
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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