Kickapoo Tribe hosts 2012 Fall Forestry Field Day
Whether it is identifying trees or improving woodland wildlife habitat, the 2012 Fall Forestry Field Day offers workshops and tips to help woodland owners manage their forests.
"One of the great benefits of the field day is the venue it provides for woodland owners to swap information about successful projects, lessons learned and experiences with forestry consultants, loggers and all the players necessary for forest management," said Bob Atchison, rural forestry program coordinator at the Kansas Forest Service.
The field day, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., is scheduled for Oct. 19, and is hosted by the Kickapoo Tribe on their Powwow grounds west of Horton. The tribe has struggled with water shortages throughout the years because the reservation sits on a rock formation blocking access to groundwater. As a result, Atchison said water quality and quantity will be a focus of the field day.
Additionally, the 2012 Forest Stewardship Tree Farmer of the Year will be awarded to Paul Dean and his family during the field day for the exceptional management of their Greenwood County Tree Farm. The Deans have used tree planting, timber harvests, timberstand improvement practices and native grass buffer establishment to maintain and enhance the natural resources on their property.
Field day topics include the following:
Marlene Bosworth, Delaware River Water Restoration and Protection Strategy coordinator, and Phil Balch, a nationally recognized expert in stream restoration, will lead a discussion about stream restoration techniques, local water quality issues and solutions for addressing them.
Luke Terry, environmental director of the Kickapoo Tribe and consulting forester, will lead a session on appropriate tree planting techniques and considerations.
Charles Barden, K-State Research and Extension forester, will teach participants the basics of tree identification during a walk through the woods.
Holly Wilkins, Pheasants Forever biologist, will teach participants how to assess the quality of wildlife habitat and suggest practices that can make a better home for the animals they want to see.
Sawmill, tree planting, archery demonstrations, tips on selling timber and Smokey Bear also will be part of the festivities.
People may register by contacting the Kansas Forest Service office at 785-532-3300 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration fee is $12 per person and includes a barbecue lunch and refreshments. Registrations are due by Oct. 15.