At this field day, we will recognize Dennis and Rhonda Westergard with the Tree Farmer of the Year award. There will also be a tour of the farm where participants will learn about tornado damage and tree planting, pond management, buckthorn invasive species control, and more. Pre-registration is required by September 22nd. Download the event flyer for further directions on how to pre-register and for more detailed information about this event.
The 43rd annual Shimek State Forest fall forestry field day will occur in-person on 10/5/21, in Lee County, IA. The morning sessions will allow partipants to experience first-hand the sites viewed during the 2020 Shimek State Forest virtual field day, which include a range of even-aged oak management treatments (e.g., shelterwood harvest). During afternoon sessions, participants will learn how forest management impacts birds, insect and disease threats to Iowa's forests, and identification and value of Iowa's forest understory species.
The Yellow River State Forest fall forestry field day will occur on Thursday, 10/7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event will focus on the establishment, management, and value of early successional forests (i.e., young forests) - a critical habitat that is losing prevalence on the landscape. Mini-sessions will focus on timber market, wildlife disease (e.g., CWD), and programmatic updates (e.g., EQIP).
The Iowa Woodland Owners Association will host an Urban Wood Utilization workshop on 10/9/21, near the town of Earlham, IA. Participants will tour Bear Creek Hardwoods, and learn all aspects of urban (and non-urban) wood utilization and processing, the basics of wood science and identification of top Iowa wood species, how to sell standing timber, and an optional tour of a nearby home that exhibits incredible woodworking infrastructure. Experts from Iowa DNR, ISU Extension, and private industry will be on-hand for networking and Q&A.
The Loess Hills State Forest fall forestry field day will occur on Tuesday, October 26th, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., near Pisgah, Iowa. This is a free event with no pre-registration required. The event will focus on oak management, which includes a "crash course" and expert panel discussion on herbicide selection and application techniques associated with oak management.
The 2021 Stephens State Forest fall forestry field day has been moved to April 21, 2022 (rain date of April 28, 2022), and will entail a hands-on woodland prescribed fire workshop. This event will provide participants with the skills and knowledge needed to preform/organize prescribed fire on smaller parcels of forest. Emphasis will be placed on prescribed fire for oak regeneration.