Virtual Forestry Field Days Planned for October

Iowans can learn about the diversity of the state's forests and the value they provide

October 19, 2020, 1:10 pm | Billy Beck

AMES, Iowa – Virtual forestry days will continue to be offered online this fall, with two events scheduled in October.

On Oct. 20, Iowans can tune in for the Yellow River State Forest Virtual Field Day, in northeast Iowa, to learn about forest resiliency.

virtual field days.Billy Beck, assistant professor and extension forestry specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, said the focus will be on the many ways to make forests more resilient – to storms, invasive species and the changing climate.

“Our forests and trees have seen a lot this year,” Beck said. “During this event, we will focus on how we can make our forests more resilient to climate change, emerging invasive threats and also storm damage.”

Beck will discuss management options for storm damage; Miranda Curzon, assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State, will talk about climate-adaptive silviculture; Bruce Blair, area forester, will discuss adaptive oak regeneration and management; Trent Stuchel, forestry specialist with the Wildlife Management Institute and IDNR, will discuss tree planting; and there will also be presentations on the current timber market and the Iowa Tree Farm Program.

A second field day is planned for Oct. 29, known as Touring Iowa’s Forests. Working with Iowa Learning Farms, Beck will join a host of presenters for a live conversation at 1 p.m., centered on the common forest types found in Iowa and the value they bring to the landscape.

“There is often confusion of what management means to maintain a vibrant forest that provides great value to the landowner,” said Beck. “This field day will explore options for managing a variety of forest types found in Iowa to help landowners identify strategies for doing so on their property.”

Beck will present “Floodplain Forests, Upland Forests.” Riggs Wilson, forestry specialist with the Wildlife Management Institute and Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will present “Oak savannas,” and Joe Herring, district forester with IDNR will present “How to identify the management needs of your forest.”

Both events are free and will be offered through Zoom. Participants should register online.


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