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Forestry Field Day July 31 near Chatfield

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield All

On July 31, 2012, the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a field day to explore natural features and forestry practices along the Lost Creek Hiking Trail. The field day is open to everyone, and begins in Chatfield’s Groen Park around 6:00pm. The roughly two-hour walk on and near the trail will begin shortly thereafter. Those attending the field day will observe each feature directly, and benefit from the expert knowledge of foresters and local landowners; presenters include Bill and Steve Bailey (local landowners), Mitch Gilbert (forestry consultant), Jim Edgar (DNR Forester), and Tim Gossman (Lost Creek Trail Representative).

This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in managing their own forests to observe successful management firsthand. Those practices and natural features that will be discussed include: girdling, salvage logging, the worm invasion front, butternut canker, karst features, tree ID, working with loggers / timber buyers, and sustainable harvesting. Anyone who wishes to enjoy a fun and educational walk through beautiful and well preserved forest is encouraged to come!

Directions to Groen Park: At the stoplights in Chatfield, go west on County Road 2 a quarter of a mile, and Groen Park will be on the left side of the road as you are leaving town.

Directions to start of tour: ~4mi west of Chatfield on Co. Rd. 2, then south on Co. Rd. 101 (Ninebark Rd.) ¼ mile.

Contact the SWCD for more information at 507-765-3878, ext. 3, or go to

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