Iowans interested in the care of trees, forests and natural resources should consider attending a forestry
field day this fall, held by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and various public and private partners.
Topics will include how to manage a forest for profit, water quality, wildlife and the aesthetic value of trees. Additional
topics will include forest establishment, tree protection and invasive species control, herbicide use, forest products,
portable sawmills, timber marketing and the legal aspects of forestry.
“Trees, woodlands and forests are often vastly under-utilized by Iowa landowners,” said Billy Beck, assistant professor
and extension forestry specialist at Iowa State. “These forestry field days provide Iowans the knowledge and resources to harness the true power of their forests.”
Bruce Blair, an area forester with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said the field days will center around “edutainment,” providing a unique combination of information, networking and time in the outdoors.
Registrations will begin at 8:30 A.M. The program will begin at 9:30 A.M. at the Yellow River State Forest Headquarters complex , 729 State Forest Road (County HWY B25); 5 miles SE of Rossville on Hwy 76 to B25; 4 miles NE on B25 to the Headquarters. Look for forestry field day signs at the entrance to the headquarters.
The cost for the day, which includes morning refreshments and a hot lunch, is $15 payable on the day of the event.
You must RSVP to Allamakee County Extension 563-568-6345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by September 27 to
guarantee your meal! If you leave a message, please provide your name and phone number. Registrants eat first!
Participants should dress for outdoor conditions.
More information and the full agenda can be found at www.forestry.iastate.edu.
Beck became the Iowa State forestry specialist in August, and said he is looking forward to meeting Iowans and talking
about the importance of the state’s trees and woodlands.
Field day partners include the Iowa Tree Farm Program, Iowa Walnut Council, Natural Resources Conservation Service,
private forestry consultants, loggers and sawmill operators, as well as private landowners.