Field day slated

The Tygarts Valley Conservation District, in collaboration with the WVU Extension Service, West Virginia Division of Forestry, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and the USDA-NRCS, is hosting a free field day for individuals who are interested in learning more about the management and care of trees in their woodlots or lawns.

The field day will be April 26 at the Taylor County Fair Grounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The afternoon will include a trip to a local operation to see some “Best Management Practices” first hand.

The topics for the day


Landowner Timber Sales – David Hill, owner of David Hill & Associates, a consulting forester, will discuss the land use assessment categories and considerations for income from timber sales.

Incentive Programs /Technical Assistance- Barbra McWhorter, NRCS state forester & Juergen Wildman, WVDOF forestry specialist, will explain available Farm Bill cost share programs and landowner technical assistance programs.

Growing Shitake Mushrooms-Dave McGill, WVU extension specialist in forest resources management, will discuss home mushroom growing and demonstrate how to inoculate a log.

Beekeeping – Joyce Frey, TVCD education coordinator and member of the Barbour County Beekeepers Association, will help us take a deeper look into the fascinating world of bees and other pollinators, and how they can be encouraged on property.

Ornamental Tree Healthcare-WVU Extension Agent in Tucker County Jennifer Poling will present about the “perks of pruning,” proper technique and timing of your pruning duties. If weather permits, participants will be outside for a hands-on demonstration.

Firewood Production/ Chainsaw Safety- Ben Spong, WVU Extension specialist in forest operations, will demonstrate proper chainsaw use and considerations for firewood harvest.

Kincaid Farm Overview- Juergen Wildman, WVDOF forestry specialist, will give an overview of the forestry operation and the planning process and implementation of timber stand improvement, tree plantings, and access roads.

Forestry Practices- Barbra McWhorter, NRCS state forester, will lead the group on a walk to show best management practices that are on the farm and identify trees found on the property.

Wildlife Habitat -Steve Rauch, WVDNR district wildlife biologist, will discuss the benefits and detriments of wildlife for forest landowners and how to attract beneficial wildlife.

Invasive Species – Brian Young, WVDOF landowner assistance forester, will cover how to identify common invasive species in the area.

To register or for more information please contact the Tygarts Valley Conservation District Office at 304-457-3026 or the Taylor County Extension Office at 304-265-3303. Pre-registration is due by April 21.

Lunch will be provided.