UTICA/OGLESBY — The Illinois Forestry Association is holding its annual conference on Friday and Saturday, Sept.20-21, at Starved Rock State Park and Illinois Valley Community College in LaSalle County. Both IFA members and the public are invited to attend either the entire event or any portion they wish. This year's theme is "Here Comes the Sun" - giving your trees room to grow.
Friday afternoon field trips from 1 to 4 p.m. are free; professional foresters will discuss ways to provide your better trees the resources they need to improve.
Friday night, from 6 until 9 p.m., the IFA will host a dinner. The keynote speaker is Dr. William Luppold, research economist for the USDA Forest Service, presenting aspects of the international timber market that apply to Illinois woodland owners — where our timber goes, what it is used for, and export and import markets as well. The charge for the dinner and speaker is $25.
Saturday, indoor presentations from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. will cover the methods addressed on Friday, what to consider before opening the forest canopy, the wildlife benefits from opening the canopy, and the economic improvement to your timber from these methods. Saturday's sessions include lunch, and the fee is $25. Speakers are from university forestry schools, the IDNR and the National Wild Turkey Federation.
The fee for attending the entire program of field trips, dinner/speaker/ and indoor sessions is $45.
More details are available on the IFA's website, www.ilforestry.org/events. Alternatively, reservations can be made by mailing a check (made out to the Illinois Forestry Association) and an indication of which portions of the program you wish to attend, to Richard Pouzar, 2303 W. Cording Road, Galena, IL 61036. Registrations and fees must be received by Sept. 15.
Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Lower registration fees are available to IFA members: You can become a member on their website. The Illinois Forestry Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, registered with the state of Illinois.