Pine straw production, timber sales and wildlife management will top the list of topics at the Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day slated for Thursday, Sept. 20, at the University of Georgia’s Westbrook Research Farm in Griffin, Georgia.
Experts from across the state will present the latest research on 28 topics at the field day, which is set to begin at 9:15 a.m. and conclude at 4:15 p.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Tractor-pulled trams will take participants through the forest to each speaker’s site.
Held every three years, the event is a joint effort of UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, the Georgia Forestry Commission, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The most popular forestry topics tend to be those related to thinning and prescribed burning. Other topics covered include the economics of longleaf pine management, forest and wildlife management planning, and silvopasture .
The field day will cover wildlife topics including quality deer management, feral hogs, bobwhite quail habitat restoration and management, wetland management for waterfowl, beekeeping as a side business, dove field preparation and management, wildlife openings, and attracting bats and birds.
Registration is $25 and includes a field day cap and a barbecue lunch. Registration increases to $30 on Sept. 6. To register and review topics the field day will cover, go to http://extension.uga.edu/calendar/agroforestry-and-wildlife-field-day.html or call 770-229-3477.
(Sharon Dowdy is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Pine trees tower above the ground on the University of Georgia's Westbrook Research Farm in Griffin, Georgia. The site will host the Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day this September.Download Image