Forest management seminar set

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Got questions about managing a woods?

How to keep it healthy?

When to sell timber and to whom?

We've got answers.

A forestry course consisting of three classes and a field day will be offered in Greene County beginning Sept. 8.

The three classroom sessions are Tuesday evenings, from 6:30-9 p.m., Sept. 8, Sept. 22, and Oct. 6.

The sessions will take place at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources of Reclamation office in Jasonville.

The field day will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10, at a woods in Greene County.

Pre-registration is required, and the fee is $20 per person or $25 per couple. Registration is due by Sept. 4, to the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation Department office.

The sessions will benefit timberland owners, educators, policy makers and those with small tracts living in rural areas who wish to better understand the science behind woodland management.

The first session, Sept. 8, will feature Purdue University foresters Ron Rathfon and Don Carlson. The session will feature a general introduction to forestry, forest management utilizing timber stand improvement/tree planting practices and tree improvement within the woodlot.

Session two will be Sept. 22, and will focus on invasive plant and insect species that threaten Indiana hardwood production. Jodie Ellis of the Purdue Department of Entomology will discuss invasive insects. Spencer Goehl of Eco Logic Co., Bloomington, will discuss the many invasive plant species that threaten the forest ecosystem. Many of these species are unknowingly planted by landowners seeking wildlife habitat, completely unaware of the effect upon forest species diversity.

Session three will be Oct. 6, featuring the topic of timber marketing and sales. Jeremiah Lemmons, IDNR District Forester, will provide an overview of selling timber. Stu Haney, a consulting forester from Riley, and a local timber buyer will provide insight on timber markets and marketing strategies. They will help landowners understand how to make their forests profitable while not compromising productivity.

The field day, Saturday, Oct. 10, will bring all the classroom work together, with a "hands-on" experience in the woods. Lunch will be provided.

The training is sponsored by Greene, Clay, Owen and Sullivan County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Indiana Department of Natural Resources/Division of Forestry, Purdue University, Sycamore Trails Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council, Four Rivers RC&D Area, Busseron Creek Watershed Partnership, Hoosier Energy -- a member of Partnership for Turtle Creek, Eco Logic LLC, and Haney Forestry.

To register, contact the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District office at 812-384-4781 Ext. 2, or stop by the office, 104 County Road 70 E. Suite B, in Bloomfield.

Those interested in attending may also download information from and mail the registration in with payment to Greene County SWCD by Sept. 4.

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