Wildlife watching, fee fishing, fee hunting, outdoor recreation and timber products are businesses based on Indiana's natural resources and the subject of an upcoming workshop.
The Natural Resources Enterprises Workshop will take place at the Robert Woodling and Linnea Good property in Unionville Sept. 3.
The Monroe County property features more than 100 acres of woodlands managed for wildlife and timber, pond, greenhouse, sawmill and kiln, and a biodiesel manufacturing facility.
The one-day workshop for farmers, landowners, and resource managers will provide attendees with information on how to start and manage a natural resource-based enterprise.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., workshop participants will hear presentations about business management, marketing, types of outdoor recreational enterprises, landowner cost-share programs and liability issues.
In the afternoon, participants will be taken into the field to learn about wilidlife habitat management and outdoor recreational enterprises. Specialists and the Woodling family, will also discuss small-scale lumber manufacturing, biodiesel production and hunting.
The workshop is part of a series developed by the Natural Resource Enterprises Program at Mississippi State University.
This program is a partnership with MSU's Extension Service, MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, Purdue University, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation, the Nature Conservancy in Indiana, Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District and Hoosier Heartland RC&D.
The purpose of the Natural Resource Enterprises Program is to assist private landowners in developing alternative or supplemental methods of income on their land.
Registration for the workshop is $25, which includes a reference notebook, lunch, breaks, presentations by resource professionals and a field tour with agency personnel.
Early registration is recommended due to space limitations.
For more information about the workshop or to register, log on to www.monroe.iawcd.org or call the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District office at 812-349-2046.