During the Forestry Field Day September 25, 2014, tours of several of the planting areas will be provided to answer questions on how to plant and manage hardwood trees like black walnut, oaks, and black cherry. Several natural resource professionals will be available to provide information and answer questions throughout the program. The field day will be held on Thursday, September 25, 2014 in northeastern Rush County, Indiana. The event will take place at the Forgey tree plantation property located across from the Fairview Cemetery on C.R. 500 N between C.R. 700 and 800 E, Rush County, IN.
The Forgey property contains extensive mixed hardwood reforestation plantations, wildlife habitat buffers, and Purdue University and US Forest Service research plantings of fine hardwood trees. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of management and incentive programs available to help them manage their properties for woodlands and wildlife. Tours of several of the planting areas will be provided to answer questions on how to plant and manage hardwood trees like black walnut, oaks, and black cherry. Several natural resource professionals will be available to provide information and answer questions throughout the program.
The program will begin at 10 am with an overview of the property and presentations on some conservation programs available to landowners. A lunch will be provided for attendees. Following lunch we will have a tour of the hardwood tree plantations. Gators will be available for those who do not wish to walk. The program will conclude at 2:30 pm.
There is no cost to attend the field day, but please pre-register by September 15 so that the organizers can plan for meals and seating. You may pre-register by contacting the Rush/Shelby County USDA Service Center (765.544.2051), Rush County Extension (765.932.5974), or the Fayette/Union County USDA Service Center (765-825-2331).
More information can be found online by viewing the FNR Calendar.
Lenny Farlee, Sustaining Hardwood Extension Specialist
Department of Forestry & Natural Resources, Purdue University