Charles City Field Day offers view of conservation practices

Beautiful nature at morning in the misty spring forest with sun

Charles City, IA – Ann and Jon Schneckloth care about the land they farm, which shows in the many conservation practices they have installed. Now the rural Charles City couple, along with other experts, will show those successful practices and share what they’ve learned during a field day on September 6. “Planting and managing for a variety of habitat types, including trees, shrubs, and prairie, creates pollinator and other wildlife habitat, improves water quality, and reduces soil erosion,” said Trees Forever Field Coordinator, Meredith Borchardt. “The field day will be a great opportunity for people to learn about projects they can add to their property to achieve some of the same benefits.”

The forestry field day includes presenters from Iowa DNR Forestry, Trees Forever, and Pheasants Forever. The event is open to the public and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. Registration will be 8:30 – 9:15 a.m., followed by three morning sessions, a catered lunch, and three afternoon sessions. In addition to the above organizations, the field day is being organized in partnership with the Iowa Woodland Owners Association.

Farmers, landowners and anyone else interested in learning about conservation practices are invited to attend. Besides viewing different conservation practices, attendees will learn how to install and manage the various projects and hear about cost-share opportunities to help fund them.

DNR district forester Greg Heidebrink adds “Jon and Ann are very dedicated to creating habitat on their property. They have planted or are working on planting their entire property to trees, shrubs and native grasses. They are two of the most dedicated conservationists I know!”

Topics include invasive species management, pollinator habitat, prairie management, forest regeneration systems, tree planting management (both direct seeding and seedling plantings), and benefits of riparian buffers. Speakers will be Jason Walker and Greg Heidebrink, Iowa DNR Foresters; Dan Borchardt of Pheasants Forever; Meredith Borchardt and Jeff Jensen of Trees Forever; and Gary Beyer, Consulting Forester. The cost is $12 fee ($15 for walk-ins) which includes a catered lunch.

Details
What: Forestry Field Day
When: Saturday, Sept. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Ann and Jon Schneckloth farm, 3050 227th St., SE of Charles City.
Registration: Required for a catered lunch and can be done on the Trees Forever website, www.treesforever.org or by calling Becky Smith, 1-800-369-1269 extension 112

The field day is part of the Upper Cedar Watershed Outreach and Education program, a cooperative effort between Iowa DNR Forestry and Trees Forever, with funding support from the U.S. Forest Service. For more information, contact Greg Heidebrink, greg.heidebrink@dnr.state.ia.us, 641-228-6611 or Meredith Borchardt, mborchardt@treesforever.org or 319-278-1131.

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