Annual Woodland Owner Conference

2023 Indiana Woodland Owner Conference
November 3-4
Jasper and Huntingburg, Dubois County

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Please call the IFWOA office at 765-496-5013 to notify us of your plans to attend. Online registration is preferred. 


Friday, November 3rd

(All times listed are Eastern time, although the afternoon tour locations are located in the central time zone.)
10 – 11:00am      Optional morning field tour, Werner sawmill. Meet at 9:40 AM at Shiloh Church, 1971 W SR 56, Jasper Map link to carpool to sawmill, 3545 N 550 W, Jasper Map link.
11:15 – 12:15        Lunch at Shiloh Church (bring a sack lunch, drinks/dessert provided)
1:00 – 3:30ET          Afternoon Niehaus property tour. Meet at 27000 Cougar Road, Bristow Map link. (Noon CT)
2:00 – 3:30ET          Alternate tour of St. Meinrad Archabbey caskets workshop, monastery and church, 200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad. Map link (1 PM CT)
4:00pm                Registration desk opens in Jasper Comfort Inn lobby Map link
4:00 – 6:30          Dinner on your own. New landowners/1st time guests meet in the lobby at 4:45 for optional “get acquainted” dinner with board members at Schnitzelbank Restaurant
5:00 – 6:30          Indiana Forestry Educational Foundation board meeting (guests welcome)
6:30 – 7:00          Dessert Reception, Thyen-Clark Cultural Center Black Box theatre, 100 3rd St, Jasper Map link
7:00 – 8:00          Indiana Caves and Karst: Carla Striegel-Winner, Indiana Karst Conservancy

Saturday, November 4th  
All events at the Huntingburg Event Center, 110 E. 14th Street Map link

7:30 – 8:30am     IFWOA Board of Directors meeting (guests welcome)
9:00                     Registration desk and Silent Auction open
9 – 9:45               Optional morning program: District networking discussion. Meet board members and other members of your region for a meet up and informal discussion.
10:00 – 4:15        Kids program. Bring your children to the small conference room for supervised activities.
10:00                    Opening/Welcome
10:10 – 10:55      Keynote: Achieving your Goals While Creating a Healthy Forest: The National Forest Model, Jeremiah Heise, Hoosier National Forest
10:55 – 11:05      Rotation
11:05 – 11:40      Concurrent Sessions
Trails planning, construction and maintenance, Caryn Atkinson, IN DNR
Managing invasives with goats, Ron Rathfon, Purdue Forestry & Natural Resources
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Dan Shaver, NRCS
11:40 – 11:50      Rotation
11:50 – 12:20      Roundtable discussions: navigating NRCS cost share programs, having a timber sale, maple syruping, invasive species Q&A, dealing with deer impacts on your property, small scale harvesting using a farm tractor, planting nuts/raising seedlings
12:20 – 1:35        Lunch
1:35 – 2:00          Indiana Division of Forestry update, John Seifert, IN Division of Forestry
2:00 – 2:10          Rotation
2:10 – 2:45          Concurrent Sessions
Prescribed fire on private lands, Nathan Kachnavage, consulting forester
Timber industry and markets, Dennis Voyles, Orion Hardwoods
Creating and maintaining pollinator and wildlife habitat plots, Olivia Fry, Pheasants Forever
2:45 – 2:55          Rotation/break
2:55 – 3:25          IFWOA and IFEF business meeting and policy update
3:20                      Silent auction closes
3:25 – 4:00          Keynote: The Last “Old-Growth” Animal in Indiana, Allen Pursell, Sam Shine Foundation
4:00 – 4:15          Closing
4:45 – 5:15          Social time with cash bar, live auction items displayed
5:15 – 7:45 PM    IFWOA Awards Banquet and IFEF Live Auction

Agenda may be subject to change.

Hotel Information

Call the Comfort Inn Jasper at 1-812-556-2888. The hotel is located at 1970 Hospitality Drive, Jasper. Hotel website.  Rooms can be cancelled 1 day prior by 4 PM. There is a free breakfast and refrigerator and microwave in rooms. The hotel is 4 miles north of the Huntingburg Event Center, site of the Saturday meeting.

Sponsored by the Indiana Forestry & Woodland Owners Association, Indiana Forestry Educational Foundation and Indiana Tree Farm Committee with support from Purdue University Forestry & Natural Resources Extension, Indiana Society of American Foresters, Indiana Association of Consulting Foresters, and Halderman Farm Management. This conference is funded in part by the Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA).