Registration open for Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop

by Carol Lea Spence, University of Kentucky

The Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop returns to Kentucky on March 25.

This year’s workshop, a tri-state event covering Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, will be held in the Boone County Cooperative Extension Enrichment Center in Burlington. Forestry experts will provide an array of forestry- and wildlife-related educational sessions to help woodland owners get the most from their properties.

Sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Services of the University of Kentucky, The Ohio State University and Purdue University, as well as the Kentucky Division of Forestry and Kentucky State University, the one-day workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Matthew Springer, Doug McLaren, Ellen Crocker, Chad Niman and Laurie Thomas will represent the UK Department of Forestry, part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Springer will teach how to identify and control wildlife damage and how to create habitat for cavity-nesting wildlife. Niman and Thomas will lead a session on constructing a birdhouse for cavity-preferring backyard birds. McLaren will take the mystery out of tree identification. Crocker’s session on mushroom cultivation will cover the basics from production to marketing and budgeting. She will also join with Abe Nielsen of the Kentucky Division of Forestry to give tips on improving woodland health.

Other concurrent sessions will include such topics as creating a land plan, providing pollinator habitat in backyards, marketing timber, tree planting tips, the importance of oak, managing woodlands for songbirds, identifying and controlling invasive plants, beetles that threaten trees and identifying cavity nesting birds

The Boone County Enrichment Center, 1955 Burlington Pk., is an 80-minute drive from Lexington. From Lexington take Interstate 75 north to Exit 181, turn left onto Route 237. Follow the Forestry Program signs to the center, which will be on the left. Registration is $45 per person prior to March 10 and $55 after that date. To register, make checks payable to UK Forestry Extension and mail to 216 T. P. Cooper Building, Lexington, KY., 40546-0073 or register online at http://www.tristatewoods.org. More detailed session information also is available on that site.

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