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Get Woodland, Wildlife Tips from Experts: 3 States, 3 Schools, March 26

February 10, 2011

CARROLLTON, Ky. -- Purdue, Kentucky and Ohio State universities are teaming for a workshop for enthusiastic woodland owners -- people who want to know, grow and manage their woods better.

The Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop takes place March 26 at General Butler State Park in Carrollton, Ky., midway between Cincinnati and Louisville.

“It’s for landowners interested in learning more about the resource they own,” said Kathy Smith, Ohio State University Extension’s forestry program director. She’s one of the planners and speakers.

“The unique aspect of this workshop,” Smith said, “is that the knowledge base comes from three different land-grant universities: OSU, Purdue and Kentucky. This allows the participants to get different perspectives than they may get elsewhere.”

The program features 17 breakout sessions in three categories: forestry, wildlife and alternative forestry issues. The speakers come from the three universities plus Kentucky State University and the Kentucky Natural Resources Conservation Service.

“I always enjoy the interaction with landowners from other states,” said Smith, who has spoken at the workshop the past six years. “While their properties may be different, their concerns and feelings about their resource are just as passionate.”

Among the topics: the top 10 ways to attract more wildlife; how to produce energy from woody biomass; how to minimize the impact of the deadly, spreading emerald ash borer; and how to identify trees, wood, invasive plants and even nighttime animal sounds.

There will be sessions, too, on tax considerations, leasing land for hunting, beneficial woodland programs available through the U.S. farm bill, and how to start and stock a pond.

Get the full list of topics plus hours, directions and registration details at Registration costs $40. Online registration is available at the website.

For more information, call 859-257-7597 or email

OSU Extension, Purdue Extension, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, the Kentucky Division of Forestry, and the Indiana Division of Forestry are the sponsors.

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Kurt Knebusch
Kathy Smith