Shimek State Forest Forestry Field Day Scheduled for Oct. 4

DONNELLSON, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are again joining forces to present the Shimek State Forest Forestry Field Day in Lee County on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The day will get under way with registration and a presentation about the forest reserve program in Iowa, both taking place at Pilot Grove Savings Bank Community Center in Donnellson. From there, the Lick Creek Unit of Shimek State Forest will provide the setting for outdoor classroom instruction on a number of timely forestry topics. Private woodland owners, public land managers, forestry consultants and service providers, and interested citizens are encouraged to attend.

The agenda will include sessions addressing such topics as: an in-depth look at the life-cycle of the white oak tree, gypsy moths, 1,000 cankers in walnut and emerald ash borer. The afternoon will include such topics as CRP, timber prices, county conservation updates, tree farm and Iowa Woodland Owners Association updates. Methods to control unwanted trees and stand conversion also will be discussed. Those attending will have the opportunity to see field demonstrations and witness some of the results first-hand.

Attendees are encouraged to bring questions, share experiences with fellow participants and take advantage of the resource professionals who will be presenting throughout the day. The goal of the field day is to make attendees more knowledgeable about how to manage tree resources for their many benefits, and more specifically, one’s own forested property. Attendees should dress appropriately for the weather as the presentations and demonstrations will take place outdoors.

Thanks to a grant, the registration fee of $15 will be waived for the first 150 people to register. Those interested should contact the Lee County Extension Office at 800-211-9328 by Sept. 29 to register. The full agenda and directions to the meeting location at Shimek State Forest will be mailed as registrations are received.