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 Annual Woodland Owner Conference


The 2014 Woodland Owner Conference is scheduled for November 7-8 at Turkey Run Inn in Turkey Run State Park. All events are open to anyone interested in Indiana forestry. For questions or further information contact the IFWOA office.

See a PDF of the 2014 Conference Agenda and meeting highlights.
A brief program summary is listed below.

Hotel and Travel Information: Call the Turkey Run Inn at 1-877-563-4371 by October 6th to reserve your room using group code 1106IF. Rooms are available at the following rates (+ tax):
cabin sleeping room: $71.67
1 double bed, ADA: $61.59Turkey Run Inn
2 double beds: $85.11
1 king bed w/queen sofa foldout: $108.63
1 queen bed: $85.11
2 queen beds: $97.43

(link to driving directions to Turkey Run Inn)

If you are looking for alternate hotel options go to the Crawfordsville travel site for a complete list or check in Rockville.

Registration: Please register by October 23rd. Register online at a secure Eventbrite site using your credit card or PayPal, or by sending in the registration form (PDF) with your check made out to "IFWOA." 

Conference Highlights
Friday November 7th Field Program
Morning tour of Big Walnut Nature Preserve
Travel on your own to meet at 10 AM at Big Walnut Nature Preserve, 9498 N County Rd 425 E, Jackson, north of Bainbridge, Putnam County.

This optional morning tour is led by Tom Swinford of the Division of Nature Preserves. This area was designated as a national natural landmark in 1968. Exceptionally large trees are scattered across the preserve with one of the few remaining stands of a beech, sugar maple, tulip poplar climax forest growing in west central Indiana. It is also home to several rare plants.

After this tour, travel on your own to the Gaddis property for the afternoon tour. Lunches will be provided to those attending the morning tour and there is a shelter at the Gaddis property. It is a 1 hour drive to the afternoon stop.

Afternoon field tour
Starting at 1:30 PM, our afternoon field tour is at the Gaddis Parke County property between Turkey Run and Shades State Parks, at 6746 E 1000 N, Waveland. This 300 acre woods has been actively managed and includes wildlife plots, prairie grass plantings, and recent logging and timber stand improvement. These topics and others will be discussed on a walking tour with foresters and the family.

Saturday November 8th Indoor Program
There will be presentations and concurrent sessions on the following topics: 
Indiana Division of Forestry Update, Jack Seifert, State Forester
Connecting with Elected Officials, Anna Deahl
Overview of Current Forest Policy Issues, Liz Jackson
MyLandPlan.org: American Forest Foundation's online mapping and planning tool, Jon Marshall
Successful Timber Harvests, Mike Warner
The Safe and Effective Use of Herbicides to Control Invasive Plants and Undesirable Trees, Don Carlson
Migratory Birds in Indiana, Barny Dunning
New and Emerging Invasive Threats, Sally Weeks
Creating Inventories on Your Property, Andy Meier
Timber Stand Improvement, Tom Crowe
Hunting and Hunter Access to Your Property, Perry Seitzinger

See the agenda for a complete list of topics and descriptions. In the evening is an optional awards banquet with presentation of the state Charles Deam Forest Stewardship Award. Agenda subject to change.