Extension offers forest management course

“Forest Management for the Private Woodland Owner” is being offered by the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.

The course will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1 and 8, at the Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center near Dubois on the north side of Patoka Lake. There also will be two Saturday morning field trips scheduled to experience, first hand, various woodland management activities.

This is the 38th year the class has been offered in Indiana. The purpose of the course is to assist private woodland owners in becoming more knowledgeable managers of their woodlands.

The class will be taught by Extension Forester Ron Rathfon and local state district foresters, along with guest foresters, a timber buyer, and wildlife biologist.

Class topics include the history of Indiana’s forest resource, the $3.5 billion Indiana forest industry, tree identification, the nature of Indiana’s forests and forest biology, forest cultivation and timber stand improvement, forest health protection, invasive weed control, managing woodland investments, timber marketing and harvesting, timber taxation, wildlife management, how to choose and work with a forester, and cost-share programs and forestry assistance available to landowners.

A fee of $50 is required to cover the cost of the course and materials. Included in that cost is a tree measuring stick.

To obtain a registration form or more information, contact a local County Cooperative Extension Office, Soil and Water Conservication District office, the district forester’s office or Rathfon at 812-678-5049 or ronr@purdue.edu. Enrollment is limited.

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