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Forestry field day planned for Sept. 21

Posted on Sept. 12, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

Jeff Burbrink

Around Area Farms

The Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District is planning a forestry field day at the John and Carol Ulmer farm on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. The farm is located between C.R. 32 and C.R. 36 on Old C.R. 17.

This is a great site for a forestry field day. John and Carol have developed this beautiful site, with acres of hardwoods, conifers, ponds, and plenty of wildlife. It should be a day of fun and information, with three tracks to follow during the day.

One track will include traditional forest management, including tree planting, selection and planning for a timber harvest. A second track includes innovative practices such as permaculture and pond management. A family track will include a woodland scavenger hunt and catch-and-release fishing. There will be information about pest control, including emerald ash borer.

For more information contact the Elkhart County SWCD (Soil & Water Conservation District) at 574-533-4383, ext. 3.

Jeff Burbrink is an Extension educator in agriculture and natural resources. Write to him at 17746 E. C.R. 34, Goshen, IN 46528; call 533-0554; or fax 533-0254.