March 3, 2010

As the old adage indicates, the trees can sometimes hide the forest-or at least the forest's potential. Management for that potential is the objective of the Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop on March 27 near Cincinnati.

Cooperative Extension Service forestry and wildlife experts from the University of Kentucky, 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 when you consider what's growing on the property as well as what the objectives are for the landowner," 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 workshop, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT at the Diamond Oaks Career Development Center, will offer sessions on a wide variety of topics that include information about managing forestland for income or enjoyment.

Doors open for check-in at 8:30 a.m. Purdue's Brian MacGowan will welcome the gathering 20 minutes later, followed by McLaren, who will outline the day's offerings. McLaren said this would help participants choose from the four concurrent sessions offered each hour.

Morning sessions will include algae blooms, tree identification, bats, tax treatment of timber-related income and expenses, winter tree identification, certification and carbon credits, white-tailed deer management, and nature photography with UK extension wildlife professor Tom Barnes. After lunch on site, sessions will include managing for reptiles and amphibians, warm season grass establishment and management, considerations before selling timber, raptors and managing and identifying invasive plants. UK forestry extension professor Deborah Hill will talk about non-timber forest products, and McLaren will discuss making silviculture succeed in small woodlands.

Preregistration is required. The registration fee prior to March 18 is $35. After March 18, registration is $45. Lunch is included. The last day to register is March 22. Registration forms are available online at http://www.ca.uky.edu/forestryextension/ORVWW.php or by contacting Renee Williams at 859-257-7597 or Forestry.Extension@uky.edu.

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