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August Update

Dear IFWOA members,
As we begin the last full month of summer, we are already thinking about fall invasive control projects and planning for spring tree planting and fall nursery orders. What projects are you planning for cooler weather? In the meantime, there are many new resources to learn about in the articles below.
IFWOA Board of Directors and Liz Jackson, Executive Director

Update: Annual Woodland Owner Conference Nov 6-7

Join us for Woodland Owners Online Together (WOOT) on November 6-7. We are disappointed to announce that we cancelled our in-person meeting at Clifty Falls State Park. But we are planning exciting and useful activities to help you with your woodland stewardship and connect with other landowners. Mark your calendars for November 6-7 for our live programs, and we will have a variety of related activities on your own and with your family throughout October and November.

Watch for more announcements in your next e-news and Leaves & Limbs newsletters in September.

Watch for Seed Packages in Mail

Some Indiana residents have received seeds in the mail from foreign countries which they did not order. There is a potential for these seeds to be invasive species, contain noxious weed seeds, or be a vector for a plant disease.
  • If you receive these seeds, keep the packaging and do not open the seed pack. Place the packaging and contents in a zip-top bag. Please include your name, address, phone number, and email address with the package and do one of the following:
    • Mail the seeds to USDA APHIS PPQ, State Plant Health Director, Nick Johnson, 3059 N. Morton Street, Franklin, IN 46131
    • Drop the seeds off at your local Purdue County Extension Office
    • Contact your local Nursery Inspector to arrange pickup of the seeds.
  • If you have already planted the seeds, please contact your Nursery Inspector so we evaluate the situation and conduct the necessary isolation and cleanup.
(Information provided by the Indiana DNR Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology)

August is Tree Check Month

August is the best month to detect Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) when adults emerge from trees. ALB are very recognizable due to their large bodies (1-1/2") and equally long antennae and the white markings on both. While they attack many kinds of trees, watch especially for their #2 pencil sized round exit holes on maple trees. The closest outbreak to Indiana is in the SE Cincinnati area. One important way to protect your trees and discourage new invaders is Don't Move Firewood. Insects commonly hitchhike in wood piles, so don't move wood you cut or purchase beyond your county.

Learn more about Asian Longhorned Beetle here.
Photo credits: Donald Duerr, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

Habitat Help: Native Grasses & Forbs for Wildlife

Receive tips and tricks about establishing native grasses and forbs for wildlife. Learn more here. 

The discussion includes a list of useful resources for establishing food plots, including "Pure Live Seed: Calculations and Considerations for Wildlife Food Plots."

Upcoming Events

Purdue Forestry & Natural Resources Facebook LIVE Series, All at 3 PM ET
August 20th: Ask an Expert: Tree Inspection. Join urban forester Lindsey Purcell, exotic forest pest educator Elizabeth Barnes and entomology extension specialist Cliff Sadof as they share about how to inspect trees, what to look for, who to contact, etc., as well what invasive pests and diseases you should be keep your eye out for.
Sept. 10th: Ask an Expert: IN Deer Management Program./Camera Trapping
Sept. 17th: Ask an Expert: Planning & Resources, Conservation Tree Planting
Sept. 24th: Ask an Expert: Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE)

These programs can be watched live or select the link below to view videos after they air. Find all future and past videos on the Purdue FNR Extension Facebook Page

SOUTHEAST INDIANA AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES WEBINAR
AUGUST 12th, 5 PM ET  - Pond Management, Presented by Dave Osborne and Aquatic Control
Watch live or recorded later. Register here. 

Control invasive deciduous vines now

It's time to control invasive vines like kudzu, oriental bittersweet, sweet autumn clematis and mile-a-minute vine either with foliar spraying or cut and surface treat the ends of larger vines. This control is best done now through September. Learn more about Oriental bittersweet and how to ID compared to native bittersweet

Photo of Oriental bittersweet, credit: James R. Allison, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Bugwood.org

Nature Daze on the Road

September 1 - 13, 2020

Nature Daze is a program of the Brown County Native Woodlands Project and has been supported by our educational foundation (IFEF) in past years. Nature Daze 2020 invites you to visit four beautiful natural areas in Brown County, Indiana:

​Hitz-Rhodehamel Nature Preserve Visit website

Stone Head Nature Conservancy Visit website

Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve​ Visit website

Yellowwood State Forest Visit website

Make the drive anytime between September 1 - 13, take a selfie at all four locations and email your pictures to info@bcnwp.org for a chance to win a 2021 Indiana State Park Pass. Learn more about the Brown County Native Woodlands Project.

Open Fall 2020 Registration for American Citizen Planner

Purdue Extension and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant have opened enrollment in American Citizen Planner – Indiana, an online training course for local planning officials and interested residents. Participants learn about core planning issues, practices, and theories related to community planning and land use, and service as a public official. After completing online coursework and participation in two webinars, participants will earn the “Master Citizen Planner” certificate. The enrollment period ends August 21st.

Participants are given four months to complete the course requirements and attend two webinars, hosted by a Purdue Extension Educator. Webinars offer deeper dives into course topics and hear from experts on current issues that affect community and land use planning in Indiana.The course registration fee of $200 includes four months of access to the online modules, and registration for the two in-person webinars. For more information or to register for the program, contact Daniel Walker at walke422@purdue.edu or visit puext.in/ACPIN 

Native Plant Suppliers & Resources

From page 19 of the spring newsletter, learn about suppliers who sell native plants in Indiana.
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