January 20, 2011

Forestry lands have great potential on a number of levels, anything from a source of income to a source of pleasure. Management for that potential is the objective of the Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop on March 26 at General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton.

Cooperative Extension Service forestry and wildlife experts from the University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University, Ohio State University and Purdue University, along with forestry and wildlife agency representatives from Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana will present information and answer questions on a variety of topics related to woodland management.

"Every piece of woodland property is unique," said Doug McLaren, UK forestry extension specialist. "Even if you had two identical properties, the landowners managing those properties may have different objectives, so the outcome would be different."The one-day workshop, which begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. EDT, will offer sessions on a variety of topics.

Sessions will include information on timber marketing, emerald ash borers, tax and financial aspects of owning and managing woodlands, opportunities for utilization of woody biomass, tree identification, edge management for wildlife and other land management objectives, lease hunting, wildlife landscaping, wildlife sounds of the night, U.S. Department of Agriculture farm bill programs for woodland owners, enhancement of woodlands for wildlife, pond establishment, pond fish stocking, wood identification, introduction to the web version of county soil surveys and invasive species in woodland and grassland systems.

The registration fee prior to or on March 16 is $40. After March 16, registration is $50. Lunch is included. Registration forms and payment methods are available online at http://www.tristatewoods.org or by contacting Renee Williams at 859-257-7597 or forestry.extension@uky.edu.

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