"It has become one of the largest private woodland owner conferences in the nation," Hayek said. "More than 25 presentations will cover a wide range of forestry and wildlife topics including timber marketing in today's economy, woodland prescribed fire, forestry herbicides, timber harvesting, safe handling and processing of wild game, introductory beekeeping, common tree diseases and pests and how to treat them, maple syrup production for the beginner, and crop tree release techniques to maximize tree growth.
A full list of topics and registration materials are posted online at www.forestry.iastate.edu.
Participants will have the opportunity to interact with state and federal forest managers, to see the most recent advances in forestry technology at the vendor's fair.
"This year, there will be a two-hour chain-saw safety and maintenance discussion taught by STIHL Safety Instructors and a two-hour estate planning workshop," Hayek said. "Enrollment for both the chain-saw safety and the estate planning workshop will be limited to the first 50 individuals. We will also be offering a two-hour session on forest management and stream water quality, which will highlight new research and restoration techniques."
Due to limited space, Hayek encouraged woodland owners to register early and to take advantage of the early bird registration discount. The adult registration fee is $40 per person on or before Feb. 18 and $50 per person after that date. The fee includes a continental breakfast, buffet luncheon, refreshments, resource packet and handouts.
The deadline to mail registrations is March 1. Advance registration is required.
For more information, contact Jay Hayek at 217-244-0534 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conference is presented in partnership with the Cooperative Extension Services at Iowa State University and University of Illinois; the Department of Natural Resources from each of the three states; the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University; and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.