Over the years the Heereys, including their three children and now grandchildren, have conducted many forest management practices on the Tree Farm. In addition, they have been leaders on seeking solutions to better forest management.
The overall theme for the day centers on management practices that occur early in the life of a timber stand. Field day sessions are currently being developed and may include stops at a Tamarack planting / Reed Canary Grass control project, the design and permitting needed for a permanent bridge and stream crossing, how to build your own pond, site, soil characteristics, pine management including thinning strategies and an update on Annosum from DNR Forest Health Specialist Todd Lanigan, and a discussion on stand conversion.
Activities will also include a Youth Program coordinated by Kendra Johncock, director of the Seno Center. Additional self-guided programs in the afternoon may include merchandising your own timber, the process of obtaining deer damage permits, and a discussion on Tamarack vs. European Larch.
More details are still in the works as the planning committee completes the overall program for the day, and the field day will include a light breakfast, lunch, and a silent auction. Watch for updates on this website, and in future mailings including the Spring 2012 joint WWOA-WTFC newsletter.