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Agroforestry, Wildlife Field Day Sept. 28 in Griffin

The Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day Sept. 28 in Griffin, Ga., has something for everyone, whether you're a forest landowner or a wildlife enthusiast.

The event was previously called the Land Use and Forest Management Field Day. But the name and program have been changed to reflect the trend of landowners using their land to make the most of the environment. This includes growing trees and crops together and allowing wildlife to flourish on the same property.

For Hunters and Wildlife Enthusiasts

For hunters, the field day will offer information on managing deer, wild turkey and bobwhite quail. Wildlife enthusiasts can learn about the benefits of attracting wildlife, creating a backyard habitat, controlling wildlife damage and managing threatened or endangered species.

Forest landowners will benefit from the information on prescribed burning, forest health, marketing and selling timber, Georgia's Forest Stewardship Program, best management practices for forest roads and annual pine straw removal.

Those with wetlands on their property will want to attend the sessions on pond construction and renovation, waterfowl management and best management practices for stream sides.

Leavell to Speak and Entertain

Chuck Leavell, 1998 American Tree Farm Program's Outstanding Tree Farmer and keyboardist for the Rolling Stones, will be guest speaker for the field day. Leavell will also perform for the field day crowd during lunch.

A $15 fee covers the presentations, lunch, a program booklet and field day hats to the first 300 registrants. The field day is sponsored by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Warnell School of Forest Resources, the Georgia Forestry Commission, U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division.

For more information, call (770) 228-7318. Or visit the AWFD Web site at www.griffin.peachnet . edu/awfd.

(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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