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Forest Management for the Private Woodland Owner

Forests cover nearly 20% of Indiana, and approximately 85% is in private ownerships like farms and families. Less than 20% of those owners have a forest management plan to guide them in the sustainable management of their property. Forests provide multiple ecologic, economic, and societal benefits, but may not be realizing their potential due to poor or no management activity, and threats like invasive plant species and pests. Indiana forests also support an important forest products industry, employing thousands of people and supporting many rural communities. Private forest land owners are often unaware of the resources and assistance available to them for realizing their property management goals.

Course Schedule: 

  • Tuesday, February 14, 2023 Forest Resource & Tree Identification Dave Osborne 6:00—9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2023 Forest Biology & Ecology Ron Rathfon 6:00—9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2023 Forest Management I Ron Rathfon 6:00—9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2023 Forest Management II Don Carlson 6:00—9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2023 Marketing Timber Don Carlson 6:00—9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2023 Wildlife Management Dave Osborne 6:00—9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2023 Managing the Woodland Investment Dan Meisberger 6:00—9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 25, 2023 Field Tour SEPAC Farm Dave Osborne, Ron Rathfon, and Don Carlson 8:00 am.—12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, April 4, 2023 Management Resources Dave Osborne 6:00—9:00 p.m.

For registration: Forest Management for the Priviate Landowners Workshop Flyer.

For any questions contact Ron Rathfon regional extension forester SIPAC,, or Dave Osborne, county extension director,

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