Dear IFWOA members,
Happy 2021! After taking a holiday break, we are back to share events and helpful resources to assist you in your woodland goals. Please contact us if you have issues you would like to learn more about. IFWOA Board of Directors and Liz Jackson, Executive Director
Indiana Division of Forestry Virtual Open Houses Thursday, February 11
IFWOA members are encouraged to attend and learn more about the activities of the Indiana Division of Forestry, and to ask or submit comments or questions about Indiana state forests. The DNR Division of Forestry will host a virtual open house through Microsoft Teams on Feb. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. ET.
The open house will feature a brief state forest overview of 2020 and include what to expect in 2021. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and comment on ideas and issues. Those who want to can submit written comments or questions after the meeting can do so at dnr.IN.gov/forestry/8122.htm.
Two 8-Week Woodland Owners Courses Offered This Spring: Sign up Now!
Do you want to learn how to manage and keep your woodlands healthy and prosperous? Two versions of the "FOREST MANAGEMENT FOR THE PRIVATE WOODLAND OWNER" short course will be offered this spring, one fully online and one in person in Brown County.
Join Purdue Extension forester Lenny Farlee on Tuesdays from March 2 to April 13 for a fully online virtual Forest Management for the Private Woodland Owner course. Online meetings will take place from 6-8 p.m. each Tuesday on zoom.
Registration is available online (https://www.cvent.com/d/2jqlz6) through Feb. 23 and is limited to the first 300 applicants. Cost of participation is $10. All presentations and supporting materials will be supplied electronically. Contact Lenny Farlee with any further questions or needed accommodations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In-Person Workshop in Brown County
Purdue Extension Educators , along with state and private sector foresters, are offering a program for managing your woodland for wildlife, timber harvest, and other pursuits. The workshop will run eight (8) weeks on Thursday evenings, 6-9pm, March 4 to April 22, 2021 at the CYO Camp Rancho Framasa in Nashville, IN. The course will also include a Saturday Field Day, 8-4pm, on April 10, 2021 at the Southeast Purdue Ag Center (SEPAC) in Butlerville, IN.
Registration is $50, including thumb drive of all publications and a tree measuring stick. For couples or family registrations, the first person is at the regular rate of $50 with one set of materials, and each additional attendee is $30. Class size is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Advance registration is required and due by March 1, 2021. For more information, or to get a copy of the registration form, contact Kara Hammes at (812)988-5495 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
IFWOA Legislative/Policy Update
(This update was accurate as of time of the email, subject to change)
IFWOA is tracking the following Indiana legislature bills on behalf of woodland owners and Indiana forestry:
Carbon bill SB373: Has broad support. While the concept is good, the bill leaves many decisions up to an advisory group who will meet over 12 months to determine a carbon program. IFWOA supports with reservation, with concerns about the efficacy of a future program and its support of forest management.
DNR matters HB1395: This bill includes changes to timber buyers law to require a written contract for the purchase of timber. Also allows the DNR director to suspend the license of a timber buyer where warranted. IFWOA supported this bill language, it will help protect timber sellers from misrepresentation or fraud, and IFWOA already encourages written contracts.
SB 389, wetlands regulation repeal: Bill passed out of senate with broad support and numerous authors and co-authors. Now in the house, not yet assigned to committee. IFWOA opposes the deregulation of wetlands.
HB1222: Old forest areas of state forests. This bill sets aside 500+ acres on each state forest for “protection.” IFWOA opposes due to our position that forest management should be handled by professional foresters using the best science to manage for healthy forests and wildlife and biodiversity, rather than by statute.
To follow these bills or other topics, go to the Indiana general assembly website: www.iga.in.gov/.
IFWOA encourages its members to contact their legislators at any time to share your story of forest management and your concerns about Indiana forestry.
A lake at Ferdinand State Forest in Dubois County. Photo credit: Indiana Division of Forestry
USDA Extends General Signup for Conservation Reserve Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General Signup period, which had previously been announced as ending on Feb. 12, 2021. USDA will continue to accept offers as it takes this opportunity to evaluate ways to increase enrollment. CRP, administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides annual rental payments for 10 to 15 years for land devoted to conservation purposes, as well as other types of payments.
Before the General CRP signup period ends, producers can adjust or resubmit their offers to take advantage of planned improvements to the program. Contact your local USDA office for signup information.
February 18th - 3:00pm ET
Dr. Rod Williams, Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources, Nick Burgmeier, Extension Wildlife Specialist, and Dr. Spencer Cortwright, IU Northwest
March 4th - 3:00pm ET
Amy Shambach, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Bob Rode, Purdue Forestry & Natural Resources
March 18th - 3:00pm ET
Anurans (Frogs & Toads)
Dr. Rod Williams, Dr. Jason Hoverman, Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources and Dr. Michael Lannoo, Indiana University School of Medicine
Wildlife Habitat Hint: Exclusion Cages
In this episode of Wildlife Habitat Hint, Purdue Wildlife Extension specialist Jarred Brooke talks about exclusion cages. Exclusion cages are cheap and easy ways to gain information about deer and food plots on your property.
Invasive Japanese honeysuckle vine, credit Chuck Bargeron, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
Winter a Good Time for Invasive Species Planning
While the snow (and ice) are flying, it's a good time to be making plans for spring invasive plant control. It won't be too many weeks before those early sprouters, like Asian bush honeysuckle and privet, will be leafing out. And others, like the Japanese honeysuckle on the left, many never lose their leaves in our southern counties.
Now is a good time to take the following steps to address invasives:
Make a plan for patrolling your property in the spring to look for invasive plants