Do you own a woodland property and wonder about projects you might do to make it more productive? Or do you just like hearing about what woodland owners do to improve the woods they love so much?
Then come out and join us in attending five forestry and wildlife management educational tours on five different woodland properties across West Virginia that will highlight the management practices conducted by the five host landowners.
These events are sponsored by the West Virginia Woodland Owners Association, and the WVU Appalachian Hardwood Center/ Extension Service.
1. Harrison County: Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Our host landowner, Roger Phillips will lead the tour and tell the group about some key strategies in maintaining access roads, controlling invasive plants, harvesting timber, tree thinnings including crop tree release and wild grapevine control, and planting oak and other tree species. We will also visit wildlife food plots and habitat areas on the property.
2. (Pending) Randolph County: Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
3. Hardy County: Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Our host landowner, Andy Leginzie will lead the tour and explain to the group some key strategies in maintaining access roads, controlling invasive plants, harvesting timber, and planting oak and other tree species. We will also visit wildlife food plots, field and habitat areas as well as a fruit tree orchard and wildlife water-holes and a spring fed pond on the property.
4. Tucker-Randolph County: Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Our host landowners, Jim and Jeff Kochenderfer will lead the tour and will highlight and demonstrate some of the various techniques used to improve, increase, and maintain the amount of desirable tree species in your woodlands including the use of herbicide and cutting to reduce and control both native tree (American beech for example) and other plant species that directly compete with the more desirable trees such as oak, yellow poplar, black cherry, hickory, etc.
Supplemental tree plantings and protection cages, proper access road development and construction, and wildlife habitat management sites will be visited and discussed. One site in particular to be visited is a research plot where black cherry and yellow poplar trees were released from competing vegetation after a timber harvest and the growth rates of the same trees have been monitored over the last 10 plus years.
5. Nicholas County: Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Our host landowner, Chuck Brammer will lead the tour and tell the group about some key strategies in maintaining access roads, timber harvesting, tree thinnings including crop tree release, wild grapevine control, planting apple, Norway spruce, basswood, and other tree species, planting various berry species, and attracting pollinators including a beekeeping operation. We will also visit wildlife food plots, clover and buckwheat fields, and habitat areas on the property.