Tree farm walking tour set for Aug. 17

Do you own a wooded property and wonder about projects you might do to make it more productive? Or do you just like hearing about what woodland owners do to improve the woods they love so much?

If so, you’ll want to come out to an educational walking tour and workshop at the woodland property of Jim and Jeff Kochenderfer located between Parsons and Montrose on Route 219.

The walk is on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m? to 1 p.m. The get-together is sponsored by the West Virginia, Woodland Owners Association, WVU Extension Service/Appalachian Hardwood Center and the West Virginia Tree Farm Program.

Jim and Jeff Kochenderfer will lead the tour and will highlight and demonstrate some of the various techniques used to increase and maintain the amount of desirable tree species in your woodlands including the use of herbicide and cutting to reduce and control plant species that directly compete with the more desirable trees such as oak, yellow-poplar, black cherry and hickory. Tree plantings, crop tree release, access road development and wildlife habitat management will also be discussed.

The walking tour will cover generally flat ground with a few relatively steep sections, so please wear sturdy walking shoes. Following the walking tour, a free lunch will be provided. Registration is free and starts at 9:30 am. Pesticide-Herbicide Applicators CFE credits will also be offered for those who attend.

This is a free event, but please RSVP to Dan Magill by calling 304-293-9419 or by sending an emaile to