Agriculture News: Woodlands Short Course set for Aug. 25

By Keenan Bishop Published:

One of the stops at this year’s Farm-City Field Day focused on Woodland Management and was manned by the familiar faces of Ben Lyle, Kentucky Division of Forestry and the University of Kentucky’s Billy Thomas.

The idea of the Field Day Educational Tour is to put a bug in your ear so to speak. Not much can be taught in the 10 or so minutes of each stop but we can alert you to opportunities and give you a face, a name and an organization to contact in that area.

If this stop was an area of interest to you then perhaps you should mark Aug. 25 on your calendar.

Managed woodlands are healthy woodlands that can enhance the landowner’s experience by attracting more wildlife, producing a cash crop of valuable timber and providing a place for family recreation, according to University of Kentucky forestry specialists in the College of Agriculture. The 2012 Woodland Owners Short Course will cover all those aspects – for both novice and experienced landowners.

Most woodland owners are not aware of the wide variety of organizations and programs available to help them care for their woodlands. Thomas, UK Cooperative Extension forester says that “Some of the biggest obstacles woodland owners face are understanding their property’s potential and finding people who can help them accomplish their objectives. The Woodland Owners Short Course puts landowners in contact with professionals who can help them achieve their particular management goals.”

More than 10 Kentucky forestry, wildlife and natural resource organizations work in partnership to plan, conduct and evaluate the one-day course, which is offered once in each of the three geographical regions of the state. A local planning committee developed the regional program with local needs in mind.

COURSE IS AUG. 25

Here in Central Kentucky the course will take place Aug. 25 at Cedarmore Camp in Bagdad. Two concurrent tracks, Gold and Green, target either the seasoned woodland owner or those who are just beginning. Landowners who might just have acquired woodlands or who are beginning to think about management and wondering what their options are should enroll in the Green Track, while more experienced woodland managers can register in the Gold Track. Past graduates of the short course will also find valuable information by returning to the course through the Gold Track.

Once you register we will email or mail you a confirmation letter. There will be exhibits and tabletop displays from WOSC partners with additional handouts. We will be inside (classroom) and outside (in the woods and fields) during the day.

We try to create a safe, comfortable, and overall receptive educational environment; however some programs will occur in a “woodland setting” so participants should be prepared to meet Mother Nature on her own terms. Some walking will be required, but we have done our best to keep it to a minimum. The programs will occur “rain or shine” and will only be cancelled for severe weather.

The session costs $20 and couples can attend for $30. It’s $10 extra the day of program to encourage you to sign up early which allows us to better plan for food and materials.

Your registration includes a lunch at Cedarmore, clipboard, resource CD, and educational programs from some of the best forestry and natural resource experts in Kentucky. Pick up your program and registration here at the office or visit the website at http://www.ca.uky.edu/forestryextension/WOSC.php to view online.

RECYCLE MOTOR OIL

You read Kim’s article last week about successful efforts to make Field Day a Waste Free Event. We try to keep moving forward to make less of an impact on the environment all the time. We took a step backwards a few years ago when we lost the used oil drop-off point we had through the state down near the Ash building off Reilly Road.

I was lamenting this issue with Greg Butler, Franklin County’s Solid Waste Administrator, a few weeks ago. I explained that farming typically involves a lot of machinery and engines, many of which are diesel which require even more oil than gas engines.

You add up all the tractors, farm trucks, combines, pumps, etc., and that’s a lot of used oil that needs to be properly disposed of. While its relatively easy to drop off 4-5 quarts at your favorite auto parts store, a farm may generate many gallons several times a month.

His response was, well let’s see what we can do about that.

Greg was able to implement a free countywide oil recycle program that starts this Wednesday! On the first Wednesday of every month, from 8 a.m.-noon, bring your used oil, no matter what the quantity, to the Franklin County Road Department, 100 Lewis Ferry Rd. Being a new program we may have to make some changes or accommodations but the plan now is to repeat this event Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5.

The used oil from one oil change can contaminate one million gallons of fresh water — a year’s supply for 50 people. Let’s help make a difference!

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