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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. There is limited availability. Rooms are available at the following rates (+ tax):
Thursday night:
several options are available
Friday night:
sold out
Saturday night only:
single double bed ADA room
King bed and queen foldout room

(link to driving directions to Turkey Run Inn)

If you are looking for alternate hotel options Rockville has an Econo Lodge (765-569-3430), Parke Bridge Motel (765-569-3525), Old Jail Inn (765-592-6737) or Motel Forrest (765-569-5250). See the Crawfordsville travel site for more options.

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 Turkey Run Inn. It is a 40 minute drive to the Inn. Lunches will be provided to those attending the morning tour.

Afternoon field tour
Meet at 1:00 PM in front of the Turkey Run Inn
to board buses for the afternoon property tour. The Gaddis Parke County property is between Turkey Run and Shades State Parks. 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 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 above 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.