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Annual Forest Stewardship Conference March 8

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2014

URBANA, Ill. — University of Illinois Extension and Iowa State University Extension are hosting the 2014 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference on Saturday, March 8, at the Sinsinawa Mound Center in Sinsinawa, Wis. This is the 20th year for the forestry conference, which annually draws over 500 woodland landowners and tree enthusiasts from Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

According to Jay Hayek, Extension forester at U of I, "This is one of the largest woodland owner conferences in the nation. Our conference regularly fills to capacity, so those interested in participating are encouraged to register early in order to receive the early bird registration discount that ends Feb. 14 and secure a spot at the conference."

To register, visit http://extension.illinois.edu/go/forestconference.

The forestry conference will feature over 21 presentations covering a wide range of forestry, wildlife, and natural resources topics, including invasive species management; prescribed fire; timber sales and marketing; tree felling and pruning; crop-tree management; forest management plans; tree identification; wood heating appliances; forest interior birds; forest herps; forest and insect pests; growing hazelnuts; Internet-based forestry resources; and aquaponics.

"We will once again be offering a two-hour apple tree grafting workshop," Hayek said. "Enrollment for the apple tree grafting workshop will be limited to the first 25 individuals who enroll via the online registration system." Participants in this workshop will be able to take home five apple trees grafted onto certified rootstock. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with federal, state, and university forestry and natural resource specialists, as well as to visit with a wide variety of vendors and exhibitors.

Adult registration is $45 on or before Feb.14, and $55 after that date. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, turkey or meatless lasagna lunch, refreshments throughout the day, handouts, and a Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference coffee mug.

The deadline to register is midnight on Feb. 28. Advance registration is required. Participation is limited to the first 550 paid registrations so early registration is encouraged and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. No walk-in registrations on the day of the conference will be allowed.

Sinsinawa Mound Center is located on 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI. Directions to Sinsinawa Mound Center can be found at http://www.sinsinawa.org/directions_map.html.

For more information about the Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/forestry

Source: Jay Hayek, Extension Specialist, Forestry, jhayek@uiuc.edu