Oak management workshop available for Wisconsin landowners

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Oak trees are valuable, particularly if a landowner is interested in managing land to benefit wildlife, but oaks require active management.

To help landowners, the Aldo Leopold Foundation and its partner organization serving private woodland owners, My Wisconsin Woods, are holding the “Oak in the Driftless Workshop” on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The workshop will be held at the UW-Baraboo campus, near the heart of the Baraboo Hills, and includes a multitude of classroom sessions for beginning and experienced landowners, followed by afternoon field trips.

Jen Simoni, coordinator of My Wisconsin Woods, said that the workshop will cover oak ecology, planting trees, controlling invasive species, harvesting trees, improving wildlife habitat, and more.

“The oak workshop provides the perfect setting for information sharing, answering questions and connecting with professionals and programs,” Simoni said.
Some of the many workshop speakers include Nate Fayram on oak ecology; Pat Kloppenburg on tree planting; John Nielsen on harvesting oaks; Nancy Frost, Yoyi Steele and Mike Mossman on wildlife; Don Waller on deer impacts; Kelly Kearns on invasive species; and Ann Calhoun on the use of fire.

Afternoon field trips will focus on either invasive species management, tree planting, patch-cutting for small openings, or shelterwood harvests.

Registration, $35 per person and $50 per couple, can be made online at: oakinthedriftlessworkshop.eventbrite.com or by contacting Simoni at 1-855-MY-WOODS or (608) 355-0279, Ext. 32. Register by Sept. 23.

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