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Forestry clinic set for March 13

Thursday, March 4, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A Purdue University specialist will discuss sustainable forestry March 13, during the Indiana Tree Farm Landowners Clinic.

Lenny Farlee, Purdue Extension forester, will speak on a national certification process for forest landowners. The clinic will take place from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Brown County State Park Abe Martin Lodge in Nashville, Ind.

"Forest certification is coming to the forefront and it's related to consumers wanting green, sustainable products," Farlee said. "In order to have those, you have to have sustainable management on the landscape."

Farlee said there are a variety of certification systems for private forest landowners, and if they abide by the program's conditions, wood products from their property can be marketed as green and sustainable.

One such system is the Tree Farm Program.

Farlee will discuss the basics of the system, which include certification rules, use of herbicides and erosion control practices for harvesting.

"It's just common-sense management, but it's somebody else looking at the management of your property to see if it's meeting all criteria for the program," Farlee said.

Having the forest certification and using these practices can complement a good management plan and produce better results with property management, Farlee said.

The other advantage is the potential for better economic return in the long term as green marketplaces develop.

"It could be both environmentally and economically advantageous for landowners," Farlee said.

Farlee's presentation will be at 2:15 p.m., during the clinic.

Clinic registration is $50 per person or $75 per couple.

The registration form can be accessed online at http://www.ag.purdue.edu/fnr/Documents/t....

Those interested may also contact Farlee for more information at 1farlee@purdue.edu.

The clinic provides landowners with an introduction to management practices, incentive programs and resources for advice and assistance. It is open to anyone with an interest in trees and wildlife.

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