Extension News

Annual Forest Stewardship Conference Is March 14

1/8/2009

AMES, Iowa — The 2009 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference will be Saturday, March 14, at Sinsinawa Mound Center, Sinsinawa, Wis. This is the 15th 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 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.”

Presentations will cover a wide range of topics at the landowner scale, including tree identification, management of common tree diseases, managing pests and invasive plants, timber marketing in today’s economy, chainsaw use, growing and maintaining backyard fruit trees, selling forest carbon credits, growing seedlings from seed, managing your pond, and the how to’s of woodland burning and savanna restoration. 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 hands-on GIS/GPS training that will show users how to download GPS data from handheld units and transform it into useable maps,” Randall said. “Due to the technology requirements for this section, only 25 people will be allowed to enroll for the two-hour morning session and 25 for the two-hour afternoon session.”

The other limited seating program will be the two-hour chainsaw safety, directional felling and storm damage removal presentation by Husqvarna’s National Training Specialist Cary Shepard. These limited seating presentations will be on a first come, first served basis, Randall noted.

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

Randall encouraged woodland owners to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration Discount. The registration fee is $40 per person ($15 for youths) on or before Feb. 7 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 Feb. 21, 2009. 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 http://www.forestry.iastate.edu .

The conference is presented in partnership with the Cooperative Extension Services 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 at Urbana-Champaign.

The Sinsinawa Mound Center is located in Wisconsin, a few miles east of Dubuque, Iowa. For those planning to arrive the night before the conference, lodging is available at the Center at a rate of $36 per person per night. Advance reservation is required seven days prior to the conference. Those planning to stay at the Center need to make their own reservations by calling (608) 748-4411.

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

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Contacts :

Jesse Randall, Natural Resources Ecology and Management, (515) 294-1168, randallj@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu