Stephens State Forest Fall Forestry Field Day: Hands-on woodland prescribed fire workshop

Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

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. 

Workshop Flyer

Participants will learn: history and ecology of oak ecosystems, role of prescribed fire in oak management, how to create and execute a burn plan, timing of burns, effects of burns, how to know when a burn is appropriate, topographical considerations, firebreak construction, invasive species and hardwood regeneration ID, equipment use and safety, and more! 

This is a free event, but we request that you register at this link.

Please contact Billy Beck, ISU Extension Forestry Specialist, for more information (, 515-294-8837).

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