AMES, Iowa -- The 2006 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference will be held at Sinsinawa Mound Center, Sinsinawa, Wisc., on Saturday, March 11. This is the twelfth year for the conference, which annually draws around 550 woodland landowners from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. It has become one of the largest woodland owner conferences in the nation.
“We once again have a great line-up of speakers covering a wide variety of topics. Past attendees will not be disappointed this year,” says Paul Wray, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension Forester. “An exciting new option this year is online registration with secure payment via any major credit card.”
This year, in honor of the U.S. Forest Service’s Centennial, the conference will feature the first part of the film The Greatest Good. Participants are sure to enjoy this historical view of our federal forestry agency and also the opportunity to interact with Michael Prouty of the U.S. Forest Service’s Northeastern Area Office. The remainder of the day will be filled with 24 presentations, covering a variety of topics of interest to woodland and forest landowners. The sessions will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to manage their woodlands using good stewardship principles.
Presentations will cover a wide range of topics including prescribed burning, direct seeding and tree identification, as well as the identification and control of invasive weeds. Also featured will be methods of controlling disease and pests in forests, including protecting trees from wildlife.
Other topics include soils, chain saw safety and maintenance, forest products consumption, log and lumber defects, mushroom growing, record keeping and income taxes, and even a workshop on the growing problem of methamphetamine labs found in wooded areas.
The registration fee is $35 per person if registered on or before Feb.18, and $45 per person after that date. The fee includes a continental breakfast, buffet luncheon, refreshments, resource packet and handout materials.
The deadline to mail registrations is Feb. 28. Online registrations will be accepted through March 3. Advance registration is required. Registrations the day of the conference will not be accepted. Participation is limited to 550; so early registration is encouraged and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration can be found at http://go.communityseason.com/?goto=uwex.
Conference sponsors include the Extension programs at Iowa State University, University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin; the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and Department of Natural Resources from each of the three states; the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University; the Department of Forest Ecology and Management at University of Wisconsin-Madison; and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at University of Illinois.
The Sinsinawa Mound Center is located a few miles east of Dubuque, Iowa. If you plan to arrive the night before, lodging is available at the Center at a rate of $31 per person per night. Advance reservation is required 7 days prior to the conference. If you plan to stay at the Center, you will need to make your own reservation by calling (608) 748-4411.
"I encourage landowners with forestry and other natural resource interests to attend," says Wray. "But register soon. Space is limited and in the past we have reached maximum capacity and had to close registration."
For more information, contact Paul Wray at (515) 294-1168, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.