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Indiana Forestry & Woodland Owners Association

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Working for Indiana Woodlands

October Update

Dear IFWOA members,
We hope you enjoyed the recent issue of our print newsletter "Leaves & Limbs" and are making plans to attend our virtual woodland owner conference coming November 6-7. Read more about it here, plus other helpful resources to assist you in your woodland goals.
IFWOA Board of Directors and Liz Jackson, Executive Director

Online Annual Woodland Owner Conference Nov 6-7: Register now!owl on branch

Join us for Woodland Owners Online Together (WOOT) on November 6-7. We have an exciting program to help you with your woodland stewardship and connect with other landowners. Mark your calendars for the live programs, and a variety of related activities to do on your own or with your family throughout October and November: photo contest, scavenger hunt, virtual field tours, exhibit hall, and more!

Learn more and register
View the agenda and highlights

IFWOA photo contest: Enter now!

butterfly leaf on the groundNow through October 30, upload your photos to share your favorites and a chance to win prizes. Categories include Family Fun, Woodland Management, Scenic, Unique, Wildlife, Invasive, and For Kids Under 18.

Vote on your favorites November 2-6. Winners will be announced at the November 7 awards ceremony.
Learn more and upload photos here.

Enjoy the IFWOA Scavenger Hunt

As part of the Annual Woodland Owner Conference, join our scavenger hunt while you enjoy the beautiful fall colors and spend time with family. Submit your entries to be entered in a prize drawing. We have an all ages scavenger hunt and a Master hunt with more difficulty. Learn more

New Guide to Invasive Plants

The Nature Conservancy and Native Plant Society put together a Pocket Guide of Regulated Invasive Plants. This 4”x 6” 88-page field guide covers 49  regulated terrestrial invasive plants in Indiana, with photos and descriptions to identify the plants and information on how to tell them from similar-looking native plants. Information on the regulations and how to report violations is also included. Download your free pdf copy here.

Support IFEF while Shopping on Amazon

You can make a difference while you shop Amazon, including upcoming Prime Day deals on October 13 & 14. Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/31-1081924 or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app and AmazonSmile donates to Indiana Forestry Educational Foundation Inc.

Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations. Remember, only purchases made at smile.amazon.com, (not www.amazon.com) will generate AmazonSmile donations. It's easy to support IFEF while you holiday shop!

Wildlife Habitat Hint: Oak Shelterwood

Purdue wildlife extension specialist Jarred Brooke explains why the shelterwood technique is one of his favorite ways to create food and cover in woodlands for wildlife. The benefits of creating this type of food source and cover increases a variety of wildlife species, along with aiding the area with a healthy ground cover.
View the shelterwood video
See more Wildlife Habitat Hints: Trail camera tips, blackberries, native and invasive grasses.

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New Woodland Stewardship for Landowners Video Series

To get the most out of your property to meet your wildlife, recreational, aesthetic or economic goals, some type of regular management is necessary. This series includes videos about different forestry practices available to woodland owners, including information on the science, costs & benefits, and the general approach of each practice. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Purdue Extension-Forestry and Natural Resources partnered together on this series.

Topics include: Using EQIP, Invasive species autumn olive, privet, barberry, and buckthorn, sealed bid timber sales, and foliar spraying.

View the videos now

Upcoming Events

Oct. 15: "A Timely Update on Ticks" online webinar. 11 AM ET. Register now
Oct. 15: Indiana Prescribed Fire Council 2020 Virtual Meeting, 9 AM- Noon ET, Register now.
Oct 17: Walnut Council Indiana chapter in person field day, Tippecanoe County. 9 AM - 3 PM ET. Tour a walnut plantation. See the agenda and how to register.
Oct 20: Invasive shrub control webinar with Chris Evans of University of Illinois Extension, 5 PM ET. Learn more and register.
Oct. 21: From Forest to Flooring in person Field Day, near Spencer, Owen County. Tour a demonstration forest with harvest, mill, and flooring company. Contact Devin Brown at 812-829-2605 or owenswcd@gmail.com for more info or to register.
Oct. 22: Regional Invasive Species training- west central region, in person. Shakamak State Park. Learn more and register.
Nov. 6: Regional Invasive Species training- east central region, in person. Cope Environmental Center. Learn more and register.
Nov 6-7: Woodland Owner Conference, "Woodland Owners Online Together" Learn more.

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Invasive Species Watch: Wintercreeper


Wintercreeper, Euonymus fortunei, is an evergreen perennial vine that was introduced as an ornamental groundcover and is often used in landscaping. Leaves are opposite, glossy, dark green, oval, slightly toothed, with light-colored veins, about 1-2.5 in.long.

October through March are excellent times to control when temperatures are above 50 degrees. Use a foliar spray of 5% glyphosate with 1/2% of non-ionic surfactant due to the waxy leaf. Always follow label directions!

Information provided by www.invasiveplantatlas.org and Brown County Native Woodlands Project calendar of control at www.bcnwp.org. Photo credit: James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

Research Project Looking for White Oak Acorns

An eastern US project focused on developing improved white oak (Quercus alba) and understanding its genetic potential has been established at the University of Kentucky. See http://white-oak-genetics.ca.uky.edu/get-involved to learn more. 

The 2020 acorn collecting effort is currently being organized and the project can use your help! All we need from each person is a one-gallon plastic bag filled with acorns collected from the ground from under one tree. First, contact Laura.DeWald@uky.edu if you can help collect and see the website above for specific instructions on how to collect and ship. Postage and an address label are provided to get the collection to Univ of KY.
You have the power to protect our Midwestern forests and trees, preventing insects from hitchhiking on your firewood. Learn more.

Recreational Mowing Syndrome

From page 19 of the fall newsletter, learn about how to treat RMS and the advantages.
View or download the Fall newsletter
—Aldo Leopold, from “A Mighty Fortress"” in  A Sand County Almanac.
Courtesy Aldo Leopold Foundation, www.aldoleopold.org 
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