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Oak in the Driftless Workshop

September 29, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

$25 – $50
Group of people standing in oak woods
Scott Walter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (in orange cap at left) leads a tour of an oak woodland at the “Oak in the Driftless” workshop in 2016 in Cashton, WI.

Oaks are the cornerstone of woodlands across western Wisconsin. This landowner workshop will cover a wide range of topics all centered on the idea that oaks, today and in the future, are a shared resource important to people and wildlife of the Driftless Area. During the morning sessions, experts will discuss the many issues of our Oak resource.

Morning sessions include:

¨ Oak ecology
¨ Improving wildlife habitat
¨ Properly harvesting trees
¨ Tree planting
¨ Identifying and controlling invasive species
¨ Using prescribed fire
¨ Managing for deer and turkey
¨ Understanding what your trees are worth
¨ Programs and resources available to woodland owners
¨ Developing a plan for your woods

See the list of speakers and sessions for more details.

Whether you are new to owning land or have taken on many projects, there will be a session for you!

Lunch will be provided followed by your choice of an afternoon field trip to a variety of private woodlands actively managing Oak.

Afternoon field trip options include visiting woodlands that focus on:

¨  Invasive species control
¨  Tree planting
¨  Shelterwood harvest – a two-step method of tree harvesting that encourages oak to grow.
¨  Patch-cutting – a method where landowners can create small openings in their woodlands to encourage oaks to grow.

Other topics covered during the field trips include using financial programs, prescribed fire, and how to implement a management plan.

Door prizes donated by McFarlanes’ Retail and Service Center in Sauk City.

Registration Information:

Early-bird registration fee ends August 26th: $25 (Individual) or $40 (Couple)

Registration fee after August 26th: $35 (Individual) or $50 (Couple)

Register online here or call 1-855-MY-WOODS (699-6637) to register over the phone.

Thank you to the workshop organizers: The Aldo Leopold Foundation, McFarlanes’, My Wisconsin Woods, National Wild Turkey Federation, The Nature Conservancy, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and UW-Extension.


September 29, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
$25 – $50
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University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County
1006 Connie Rd
Baraboo, WI 53913 United States
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