September 5, 2007

Purdue Putnam County location site for forest management field day

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University Nelson-Stokes Managed Forest in Putnam County will be the site of a forest management field day from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST on Sept. 15.

Called "Inventorying Your Forest," the field day is a way for woodland owners to gain forest management insights from industry professionals. Attendees will measure trees for height and volume and install inventory plots; learn about other topics including timber harvest and forest value; and get answers to common woodland questions.

I find that a number of owners of smaller woodlands aren't sure if they even have enough volume to warrant a timber sale," said Ralph Johnson, Purdue Extension ag and natural resources educator. "What we're trying to do is give owners the skills to make some rough estimates of trees per acre and volume per acre."

One goal of the field day is that attendees will be able to better assess their woodland property by using inventory equipment, he said.

Having a baseline inventory would be the first step in preparing a forest management plan," Johnson said. "I think attendees will be surprised when they learn how much they have. They may also be surprised to see a mix of desirable and undesirable species and size classes within their woodlands."

Attendees must wear boots and outdoor gear during the event. Registration is $5 per person, which covers lunch and materials. The deadline to register is Sept. 13, and the registration form is available at http://www.fnr.purdue.edu/news/dated/2007-09-15forestinventory.pdf

For technical information or information regarding accommodations for this event, contact Johnson at (800) 340-8155, ext.147.

Writer: Hannah Brescher, (765) 494-8402, hbresche@purdue.edu

Source: Ralph Johnson, (800) 340-8155, ext.147, rrjohnson@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes, forbes@purdue.edu
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