Fall Forestry Field Day a 'Visit to the Doctor'

Marketing, wildlife, establishment on agenda of Oct. 5 event.

Forestland owners who'd like to see the results of a physician whose healing gifts extend beyond clinic and hospital will have that chance Oct. 5 during the Kansas Forest Service's annual Fall Forestry Field Day at the Allen Tree Farm in Bourbon County, north of Fort Scott.

"The field day is a great event that attracts tree growers, landowners, loggers, farmers, ranchers, foresters, and other natural resource professionals. It's a chance to network, see management styles in action and share their knowledge about forestry," says Bob Atchison, KFS forester and event coordinator.

The day-long program will begin at 9 a.m., when Dr. Jay Allen will receive the 2007 Forest Stewardship Tree Farmer of the Year award. The outdoor educational tours and sessions will follow:

-"How to Gather, Store and Handle Tree Seed," that can improve or even establish a forest - led by Charles Barden, forester with Kansas State University Research and Extension.
-"Controlling Weeds in New Tree Plantings," using a state-of-the-art spray applicator that attaches to a 4-wheeler - Ryan Neises, KFS watershed forester.
-"Maintaining a Healthy Forest," through proper thinning and pruning decisions and techniques - Connie Robinson-Clemons, new KFS district forester.
-"Benefits of Riparian Forests," with the roles of the trees that surround Indian Creek as an example - Deborah Goard, KFS forest hydrologist.
-"Protecting Trees From Wildlife Damage," based on experience and recommendations on controlling deer and other wildlife - Charles Lee, K-State Research and Extension wildlife specialist.
-"Marketing Kansas Timber," including what makes a tree valuable and what landowners should consider before selling timber - Dave Bruton, KFS utilization marketing specialist.

A $5 registration fee by Oct. 1, will guarantee participants a place at the lunch, catered on-site. Web information and driving directions are at www.kansasforests.org/rural/index.shtml.

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