Free walking tour offered in Tucker

A free Woodland Tree Farm Walking Tour and Workshop will be offered in Tucker County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 19 at the Managed Woodlands owned by Jim and Jeff Kochenderfer.

The Kochenderfers will lead the tour and demonstrate some of the various techniques used to increase and maintain the amount of desirable tree species in your woodlands, such as oak, black cherry, hickory, etc.

Tree plantings, crop tree release, access road development; and wildlife habitat management such as retaining and propagating mixed pine and hardwood areas to improve food sources and cover will also be discussed. Forester (Category-1) and Pesticide-Herbicide Applicators CFEs are being offered.

A free lunch will be provided and everyone is welcome to attend. The walking tour will cover generally flat ground with a few relatively steep sections, so it is recommended to wear sturdy walking shoes.

To RSVP for this tour, contact Dan Magill at the West Virginia University Appalachian Hardwood Center by calling 304-293-9419 or by emailing: dmagill@wvu.edu. The event is sponsored by the West Virginia WOA, West Virginia University AHC and Extension, West Virginia Tree Farm Program, and WVFA. Registration is free and starts at 9:30 a.m.