Workshop to aid landowners in wildlife management

August 29, 2012  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Extension and the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife are offering a workshop in Fort Wayne for landowners interested in managing their properties for wildlife.

The eight-week course, "Wildlife Management for the Private Landowner," will introduce landowners to wildlife biology, identification and habitat management planning. Participants also will learn how to access information and get assistance in managing wildlife on their properties.

Because most land in Indiana is privately owned, private landowners are the critical force for successful wildlife management programs, Extension wildlife specialist Rob Chapman said.

"We want to provide the Indiana citizens interested in managing wildlife resources on their land with the knowledge to prepare a wildlife management plan and an understanding of the tools, financial requirements, and sweat equity it will take to realize their goals," he said.

The workshop will be held from 6-9 p.m. every Tuesday beginning Sept. 18 and ending Nov. 6 on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Saturday field days are planned for Oct. 13 and Oct. 27.

The course will cover management techniques for forests, grasslands, wetlands and fishing ponds. Other topics include the biology and management of white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, pheasants, quail, rabbits and doves. Experts from Purdue University, Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Wild Turkey Federation will provide instruction.

Registration is $100 per person and includes a binder with resource materials and publications. Refreshments will be provided during each session. A family discount is available, with the first attendee paying the full fee and each additional family member paying a reduced fee of $30.

To register or request more information about the course, contact Purdue Extension wildlife specialist Rob Chapman at 812-662-4999 or at RNCHAPMAN@purdue.edu. The deadline to register is Sept. 14, and the course is limited to 25 participants.

Writer: Amanda Gee, 812-592-7743, agee@purdue.edu

Source: Rob Chapman, RNCHAPMAN@purdue.edu

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