Annual Forest Stewardship Conference March 9

By Debra Levey Larson
Media/Communications Specialist, University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

URBANA, Ill. — University of Illinois and Iowa State University will host the annual Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference Saturday, March 9, at Sinsinawa Mound Center in Sinsinawa, Wis. This is the 19th year for the conference, which annually draws more than 500 woodland landowners, forest and tree enthusiasts, and natural resource specialists from the tri-state area of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

According to Jay Hayek, extension forestry specialist at the University of Illinois, “This annual event has become one of the largest single-day, woodland owner conferences in the nation.”

Hayek said the conference regularly fills to capacity so those interested in participating are encouraged to register early to secure their place and to receive the Early Bird registration discount.

We have a great lineup of expert speakers covering a wide variety of topics on woodland management, wildlife, conservation and outdoor recreation,” Hayek said. “Seminar topics include timber sale contracts and marketing, woodland erosion, forest vegetation management, timber harvesting techniques, oak regeneration, crop tree management, tree planting tips, invasive species, chainsaw sharpening, pruning, tree identification, tree pests and diseases, chronic wasting disease, using a GPS unit and farm ponds. We’re even offering several seminars on selecting and growing grapes in the Midwest, small-scale homebrewing and traditional bow making.”

This year, there will be a two-hour fly-tying clinic taught by Allen Pattillo and a two-hour fruit-tree-grafting workshop taught by Jesse Randall. Enrollment in the fly-tying clinic and the fruit-tree-grafting workshop will be limited to the first 25 individuals and will include an additional fee. Participants who register for these two workshops will take home an introductory fly-tying kit and five grafted apple trees on certified rootstock.

Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with state agency, federal, and university forestry and natural resource specialists, as well as to visit a wide variety of vendor displays in the exhibition hall.

Participants are strongly encouraged to register for the conference using Illinois Extension’s online registration system, This website also contains a downloadable conference agenda, conference location details, mail-in registration form and Sinsinawa Bakery bread ordering procedures.

Additional conference information, such as presentation abstracts and speaker biographies, can be accessed via Iowa State Extension Forestry’s website,

The cost to attend the conference is $40 per person for early bird registration (on or before Feb. 8), or $50 per person for standard registration after Feb. 8. Registration deadline is Feb. 22. The fee includes a continental breakfast, buffet luncheon, refreshments, resource packet, handouts and a coffee mug. Advance registration is required; no walk-in registrations on the day of the conference will be allowed.

The Sinsinawa Mound Center is in the southwest corner of Wisconsin, 8 miles east of Dubuque, Iowa.

For more information, contact Jay Hayek at (217) 244-0534 or

Posted Jan. 30, 2013

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