February 27, 2007
Indiana host for Ohio River Valley Woodland & Wildlife WorkshopWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Ohio River Valley Woodland & Wildlife Workshop will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 31 at the Higher Ground Conference and Retreat Center in West Harrison, Ind.
A variety of sessions led by experts from Purdue, Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky will be offered to help woodland owners better manage their property. The event is co-sponsored by Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.
"The goal is that by hosting a tri-state workshop, top experts from the three universities can give forestland owners access to expertise in one place," said Brian MacGowan, Purdue Extension wildlife specialist.
A general session will focus on biology and forest management implications of the emerald ash borer. Kathy Smith and Joe Boggs of Ohio State's Emerald Ash Borer Team will lead the session.
Infestations of emerald ash borer have been documented in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. If this exotic pest continues to expand its invasion, costs are estimated to be in the hundreds of billions of dollars, MacGowan said.
After the general session, participants will be able to choose from one of five tracks offered. The tracks focus on new ownership, wildlife management and enjoyment, woodland investment management, identification, and chain saw use and safety.
An all-day youth track also will be offered. Children will learn about wildlife in an interactive way, said Dave Osborne, Purdue Extension educator in Ripley County.
"The children's activities will be both educational and recreational," he said. "We will focus on activities that will help children learn about basic forestry and wildlife management. As long as it's a nice day, we will go outside for hands-on activities that give the children an opportunity to practice what they have learned about identifying trees and wildlife signs."
Program supporters include Extension services at Ohio State University, University of Kentucky and Purdue; Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio departments of natural resources forestry divisions; Historic Hoosier Hills Resource Conservation and Development; Kentucky Woodland Owners Association; and the Indiana and Ohio societies of American Foresters.The adult workshop registration fee is $30 before March 22 and can be completed online at http://woodlandstewards.osu.edu/
classes/workshop.html. Youth workshop registration is $5. Payment must be mailed to Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D, 1981 S. Industrial Park Road, P.O. Box 407, Versailles, IN 47042. Preregistration is required, and check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. For more information, contact Purdue's forestry and natural resources department at (888) EXT-INFO.
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