AMES, Iowa — Iowans interested in the care of trees, forests and natural resources should consider attending a forestry field day this fall, held by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and various public and private partners.
Topics will include how to manage a forest for profit, water quality, wildlife and the aesthetic value of trees. Additional topics will include forest establishment, tree protection and invasive species control, herbicide use, forest products, portable sawmills, timber marketing and the legal aspects of forestry.
“Trees, woodlands and forests are often vastly under-utilized by Iowa landowners,” said Billy Beck, assistant professor and extension forestry specialist at Iowa State. “These forestry field days provide Iowans the knowledge and resources to harness the true power of their forests.”
Bruce Blair, an area forester with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said the field days will center around “edu-tainment,” providing a unique combination of information, networking and time in the outdoors.
Six field days are planned for October, with the first Oct. 1 at the Shimek State Forest in Lee County.
Beck became the Iowa State forestry specialist in August, and said he is looking forward to meeting Iowans and talking about the importance of the state’s trees and woodlands.
Field day partners include the Iowa Tree Farm Program, Iowa Walnut Council, Natural Resources Conservation Service, private forestry consultants, loggers and sawmill operators, as well as private landowners.
Forestry field day dates and locations
- Oct. 1, Shimek State Forest (Lee County)
- Oct. 3, Yellow River State Forest (Allamakee County)
- Oct. 8, Clear Lake Forestry Field Day at McIntosh Woods State Park (Clear Lake)
- Oct. 15, Stephens State Forest (Chariton)
- Oct. 17, Loess Hills State Forest (Pisgah)
- Oct. 29, Iowa Tree Farmer of the Year/Walnut Council Field Day (Mediapolis)
— Billy Beck, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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