Workshop to help landowners manage natural resources

March 4, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Midwestern landowners can learn to manage their property and its wildlife to their full potential at a workshop March 23 in Madison.

The Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time at Clifty Falls State Park, 2221 Clifty Drive. Forestry and wildlife experts from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio will provide landowners with educational opportunities for managing their woodlands, grasslands and wildlife, including birds, animals, fish and insects.

"Private landowners are critical to the conservation of natural resources," said Extension wildlife specialist Rob Chapman, a workshop organizer who will speak on conservation and management of woodland salamanders. "This workshop is designed to help the landowner get the most out of their properties' natural resource potential."

Speakers from Purdue University include Extension wildlife specialist Brian MacGowan, who will discuss prevention and control of wildlife damage and management of wildlife food in woodlands; dendrology lab manager Sally Weeks, who will speak on spring ephemerals; and associate entomology professor Jeff Holland, who will discuss beetles and their roles in woodland ecological systems.

Other sessions will give landowners advice on providing habitats for songbirds, attracting bees, keeping woods healthy, determining farm uses for wood, and valuing and protecting wetlands.

Registration is $45 per person before March 13; there is a $5 fee for late registration. To register online, visit For details on session topics or lodging, or to send registration by mail, visit

Writer: Jessica Merzdorf, 765-494-8402,

Source: Rob Chapman, 812-662-4999,

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