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March 2, 2017

Woodland and wildlife workshop provides planning tools for property owners

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Property owners with questions about woodland and wildlife management are encouraged to attend the Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop.

The workshop will be held March 25 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Boone County Enrichment Center, 1955 Burlington Pike in Burlington, Kentucky, two hours south of Indianapolis. The event is co-sponsored by Purdue Extension, University of Kentucky Extension, and The Ohio State University Extension.

Participants will learn about a variety of land and wildlife management topics, including bird nest boxes, invasive species management, tree health, mushroom cultivation, timber marketing and woodland planning. There is an opportunity during each session for participants to choose the educational sessions most relevant to their property.

“Managing woodlands is different for everyone,” says Brian MacGowan, Purdue forestry and natural resources Extension coordinator and a workshop organizer. “Many owners aren’t aware of what’s in their woods or what they can do to improve their woods for wildlife and natural resources.”

Session topics and presenters include:

* “Using ‘My Land Plan’ to Plan, Map, and Document Your Woodland Activities” - Dave Apsley, natural resources Extension specialist at The Ohio State University.

* “Tree Identification” - Doug McLaren, forestry Extension specialist at the University of Kentucky.

* “Wildlife Damage ID and Control” - Matthew Springer, assistant professor of wildlife management at the University of Kentucky.

* “Monarchs and Milkweeds: Providing Pollinator Habitat in Your Backyard” - Marne Titchenell, wildlife Extension specialist at The Ohio State University.

* “Mushroom Cultivation” - Ellen Crocker, postdoctoral scholar at the University of Kentucky.

* “Timber Marketing” - Ron Rathfon, regional Extension forester, Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center.

* “Tree Planting Tips” - Kathy Smith, forestry program director at The Ohio State University.

* “Managing Woodlands for Forest Songbirds” - MacGowan.

* “Another Boring Beetle Talk” - Joe Boggs, assistant professor of entomology at The Ohio State University.

* “Creating a Cavity for your Backyard Birds” - Chad Niman, forest products specialist, and Laurie Thomas, extension forester, both at the University of Kentucky.

Registration is required by phone, by mail, or online by March 17. Cost is $45 until March 9 and $55 after. A buffet lunch will be provided.

To sign up or for more information, visit the workshop website at or call (859) 257-7597. 

Writer: Mikaela Wieland,

Source: Brian MacGowan,  

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