* Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

February 13, 2008

Workshop will focus on woodland management

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Three state universities will come together to sponsor the Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 15.

The workshop will feature forestry and wildlife experts from Purdue University, Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky and will take place at Campbell County Cooperative Extension office in Highland Heights, Ky.

"This is a unique opportunity for forest owners because many experts will be here in one place to provide their insight," said Brian MacGowan, Purdue Extension wildlife specialist.

During one session, MacGowan will present the topic of identification and prevention of wildlife damage to trees and crops. He will focus on how to identify the sources of damage and how to resolve conflicts associated with them.

"For many forest owners, maintaining wildlife is a top goal," MacGowan said. "However, many conflicts can come from increased wildlife, such as crop damage and tree damage."

MacGowan said that white-tailed deer, voles and rabbits are some of the main sources of tree damage.

Along with MacGowan, other Purdue specialists include Sally Weeks, dendrology instructor, arboretum curator and author of several guides, and Harmon Weeks Jr., professor of wildlife ecology. Sally Weeks will speak about native plants from the forest floor, and Harmon Weeks will discuss bird identification and habitats, drawing upon a lifetime of studying avian ecology. 

During the workshop, participants will get to choose among three tracts of interest, which include forestry, wildlife and alternative forest issues. Five concurrent sessions will be held within those three groups, but attendees will have the option of attending sessions from any group that relate to their specific interests. 

Registration for the workshop is $20 before March 1 and $25 after and will include lunch and materials. To download a registration brochure go online to  or call University of Kentucky Forestry Extension at (859) 257-7597. For more information, contact Purdue's Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at (765) 494-3583.

Writer: Hannah Brescher, (765) 494-8402,

Source: Brian MacGowan, (765) 647-3538,

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Beth Forbes,
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