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2007 FORESTRY FIELD DAY, Friday, October 12:

Over 155 people came away with valuable information on how to get more income from their forest land, how to increase the recreational value of their timber, and alternative uses for hardwoods after attending the Forestry Field Day held recently at McCully Heritage Project near Kampsville.  Nine different presentations were available to the attendees.  Topics presented at this field day included alternative uses for hardwoods, managing for wildlife, timber sales, GPS applications in woodland, crop trees in timber, buffer strips, forestland tax issues, forestland tax incentives, and a lumber sawing demonstration.  The first 25 registrants received a potted oak tree, compliments of Forest Keeling Nursery, Elsberry, Mo.

Youth sessions were conducted for anyone 10 to 18 years of age.  Eighty-five students from Brussels High School, Calhoun High School, Western High School and St. John’s School were given instruction on Tree Identification, Seed Identification, Tree Measurement, and Timber Stand Improvement.  Students were able to test their new found knowledge in a Forestry Judging Contest and win cash prizes.  Brussels Senior High School had the winning first place team and Calhoun High School placed second.

Sponsors of the Field Day include: Calhoun County Farm Bureau; Calhoun Co.; Calhoun County SWCD;  Illinois Dept. of Agriculture, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illini Valley RC&D; Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources;  Illinois Forestry Association, Illinois Wood Products Association,  Illinois Forestry Development Council, McCully Heritage Project; Trees Forever, Two Rivers RC&D, University of Illinois Extension Service and USDA Farm Service Agency; and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

2006 FORESTRY FIELD DAY A SUCCESS:

Over 115 people came away with information on how to get more income from their forest land, how to increase the recreational value of their timber, and alternative uses for hardwoods after attending the Forestry Field Day held Friday, October 20, 2006, at theMcCully Heritage Project, near Kampsville, Illinois. From a total of eight presentations, attendees were able to select four of the 30 minute concurrent sessions. Topics presented at this field day included alternative uses for hardwoods, how to increase the number of wildlife or songbirds, timber harvests, GPS applications in woodland, timber stand improvement, forestland tax issues, pruning and a lumber sawing demonstration. The first 25 registrants received a potted oak tree, compliments of Paul Tree Farm and Trees Forever.

Youth Sessions were conducted for anyone 10 to 18 years of age. Students were given instruction on Tree Identification, Seed Identification, Tree Measurement and Timber Stand Improvement. Students were able to test their new found knowledge in a Forestry Judging Contest where a first prize of $50 and a second prize of $25 was awarded to the teams and $10 was awarded to the top 10 individual competitors. Brussels High School had the winning first and second place teams.

Lunch was catered by Susan Dierker and her Food Service Class from Calhoun High School. Gail Conn, chain saw carver, created an eagle wood sculpture and a bear during the day as visitors watched. 

Sponsors of the Field Day include: Calhoun Co. Farm Bureau, Calhoun Co. Farm Service Agency, Calhoun Co. SWCD, Forest Land Enhancement Program, Illinois Dept. of Agriculture, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illini Valley RC&D, Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources, Illinois Forestry Association, Illinois Forestry Development Council, Illiois Wood Products Assoc., McCully Heritage Project, NRCS, Paul Tree Farm, Trees Forever, Two Rivers RC&D, Univ. of Illinois Extension, U S Forest Service.

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