Stephens State Forest Fall Forestry Field Day. NEW DATE: April 2022, and will be a hands-on woodland prescribed fire workshop!

Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 12:00pm 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. 

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! 

Please contact Billy Beck, ISU Extension Forestry Specialist, for more information (, 515-294-8837). Check this page regularly for event updates.