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Annual landowner conference and IFWOA annual meeting
November 2 - November 3
Sponsored by the Indiana Forestry & Woodland Owners Association, Indiana Forestry Educational Foundation, Brown County Soil & Water Conservation District, and The Nature Conservancy
Friday November 2nd Field tours
Hitz Rhodehamel Woods Preserve tour – morning
9:30 AM- 11:45 AM
Join The Nature Conservancy foresters on this nature preserve to learn about their management successes. Meet at Brown County State Park north entrance swimming pool parking lot to carpool to property. Map link
Lunch provided at Sugar Creek BBQ.
Afternoon private woodland tour
12:45 – 3:30 PM
This private property is managed for a variety of landowner objectives including wildlife, beauty, recreation, and timber production. Topics to discuss may include edge feathering, recent harvests, timber stand improvement, invasive species management, hunting to control deer damage, and native prairie establishment. Those attending the morning tour will carpool from lunch, those attending afternoon only will travel on their own to meet at the property. Map link
Alternate afternoon program: Nature walk at Brown County State Park (2:00 – 3:00 PM)
Join a Brown County State Park naturalist for a 1-mile nature walk. Travel on your own to meet at the Strahl Lake parking lot for this afternoon program. Map link
Friday evening reception and program
After the tours, enjoy dinner on your own before meeting at the Abe Martin Lodge at Brown County state park outside Nashville for the optional evening activities. All are welcome to enjoy dessert and drinks, meet fellow woodland owners, and preview the silent auction. After dessert, we will have an informal roundtable discussion where attendees can share their favorite forestry ideas, tools, and successes. After the program, there will be a bonfire behind the lodge for those interested in further conversation.
Saturday November 3rd Indoor Program
9 AM – 4 PM program
5:15 PM – 8 PM awards banquet
Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
We will begin the morning with a keynote speaker and IN Division of Forestry update, followed by several breakouts on topics from forest management to wildlife to other woodland ownership topics. Childcare will be available during the day.The evening will end with an optional awards banquet and live auction.
Please register by October 26 at this secure Eventbrite site using your credit card or PayPal, or by sending in this registration form (PDF) with your check made out to “IFWOA.”Late registrations will be accepted.
Hotel and Travel Information
A block of rooms is available at the Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park at a rate of $99.99 + tax, ask for the 1101IF block. Call 1-877-563-4371 by October 5 for the special rate.