Purdue News

September 30, 2004

Homeowners can gain useful tips at natural resources field day

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Landowners will have the opportunity to learn more about managing natural resources around the home during an Oct. 16 Purdue University field day event.

"This field day is a great chance for families coming to the Homecoming football game at Purdue to also learn a little bit more about managing wood lots, wetlands and wildlife on their property," said Brian Miller, Extension wildlife specialist at Purdue and event coordinator.

Field day is free and open to the public and will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Throckmorton-Purdue Agricultural Center and Meig's Farm in Lafayette, Ind.

The first portion of the event, from 10 a.m. to noon, will be centered at Meig's Farm. From noon to 2 p.m., the field day will move to the Throckmorton-Purdue Ag Center, located at the corner of County Road 800 S. and U.S. 231. Meig's Farm is located just one mile east of the ag center on County Road 800 S. Directions are available online.

In the event of rain, the field day will be cancelled.

Miller said the field day is geared toward owners of small- to medium-sized pieces of land (5-20 acres) who are interested in better managing the natural resources on their property.

During the event, participants will hear talks on wood lot management, wetland restoration and management, as well as vegetative filter strips for wildlife. Miller said that vegetative filter strips are the plants grown alongside streams and ponds to foster wildlife and aquatic prosperity.

Other topics to be discussed include windbreaks for wildlife and income and plantation management and establishment, which refers to the planting of tress on a substantial parcel of property.

There also will be special activities offered for children. These talks include why leaves change color, wildlife facts and fun, common Indiana trees and aquatic invaders.

"At the end of the field day event, each child or youth will be able to take a pumpkin home, compliments of the Throckmorton-Purdue Ag Center," Miller said.

For more information on the field day, contact Miller at (765) 494-3586.

Writer: Meggie Issler, (765) 494-8402, missler@purdue.edu

Source: Brian Miller, (765) 494-3586, bmiller3@purdue.edu

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