URBANA, Ill. — University of Illinois Extension and Iowa State University Extension are hosting the 2015 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference on Saturday, March 14, at the Sinsinawa Mound Center in Sinsinawa, Wis. This is the 21st 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 east of the Mississippi River. 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. 13 and secure a spot at the conference.”
To register online, visit http://extension.illinois.edu/go/tristateforest.
The forestry conference will feature over 25 presentations covering a wide range of forestry-and conservation-related topics, including oak regeneration; fire ecology and use; bat and wildlife management; deer management; waterbirds; forestry herbicides; timber sales; chainsaw safety; crop-tree management and pruning; tree identification; tree diseases; maple syrup; woodland wildflowers; bee keeping; and the American Tree Farm System.
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.13 and $55 after that date. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, turkey or meatless lasagna lunch, refreshments throughout the day, handouts, and the traditional Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference coffee mug.
The deadline to register is midnight on March 3. 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 http://www.extension.iastate.edu/forestry/tri_state/registration.html.