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February 23
Indiana Tree Farm Landowners Clinic - Workshop
Woodlands

The 2015 Indiana Tree Farm Landowners Clinic is a program designed to provide landowners interested in managing their forests and wild lands an introduction to management practices, and resources for advice and assistance. The program is open to anyone interested in trees and wildlife. Since 1941 the American Tree Farm System has educated and recognized the commitment of private family forestland owners demonstrated in sustainable forest stewardship. We will have tree measuring sticks available for sale. Join us to learn more about Tree Farm and how you can improve your property. This program is offered through the cooperation of the Indiana Tree Farm Committee, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (INDNR), Division of Forestry, and the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (HTIRC).

What: 2015 Indiana Tree Farm Landowners Clinic
When/Where:  Friday, March 27, 2015 at  The Reuter Tree Farm from  1-4 p.m.;  Saturday, March 28, 2015 at McCormick's Creek State Park, Spencer, IN from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration: Fee of $50 per person or $75 per couple. Must register by March 20, 2015.
See the brochure for more details and registration.

Resources
Purdue FNR Events
Forest Improvement Handbook, The Education Store
A Landowner's Guide to Sustainable Forestry: Part 1: Sustainable Forestry - What Does It Mean for Indiana?​, The Education Store

Lenny Farlee,​ Sustaining Hardwood Extension Specialist
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources & HTIRC

Bob Burke, Consulting Forester
Indiana Tree Farm Program

February 22
National Invasive Species Awareness Week
National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Find an event in your area for February 22-28, 2015, National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW). According to experts with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), it's a topic that deserves our attention. Non-native plants, animals and pathogens can harm humans and the environment and impact our nation's economy. The damage done by invasive plants alone costs the U.S. an estimated $34.7 billion a year.

The NISAW web site shares how invasive weeds can produce skin irritation, trigger allergies and poison pets and livestock. They can clog waterways, kill native trees, and shade out crops, ornamentals and prized native flora. They are found in every imaginable habitat, including oceans, lakes, streams, wetlands, croplands, rangelands, natural areas, parks, forests, urban environments, yards and gardens.

Check out the National Invasive Species Awareness Week web site and find nine ways you can help along with a list of partners which includes: Weed Science Society of America, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, USDA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture(NIFA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition, National Wildlife Refuge System and more.

Upcoming Workshops
Forest Management for the Private Woodland Owner, Feb. 24th, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR), Extension
Conserving Nature on Your Land, Feb. 27th & 28th, FNR, Extension
Control of Woodland Invasive Species Demonstration, March 6th, Indiana Small Farms Conference, Purdue Agriculture

Resources
FNR Workshops​, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, (FNR)
Purdue Extension Small Farms, Facebook
Got Nature? blog, click on "forestry", FNR
The Education Store, Purdue Extension, place in the search field "invasives"
Invasive Species​, Indiana DNR

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Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

 
February 20
Purdue partners with Indiana zoos for hellbender conservation
Hellbender conservation.

Purdue University is partnering with three Indiana zoos and the state in a conservation program that will involve raising year-old hellbender salamanders and then a few years later returning them to their southern Indiana habitat to be tracked.

Rod Williams, associate professor of wildlife science and leader of the university's hellbender effort, approached officials at Columbian Park Zoo in Lafayette, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo and Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville about joining the program, which also includes the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

North America's largest salamander is in decline nationally and is most vulnerable to predators when young. "Mortality can be as high as 99 percent in the wild," Williams said. "By rearing them in captivity for three to four years they will have a much better survival rate." Read full article, Purdue Agriculture News.

Resources:
Help the Hellbender, Purdue University
Aquaculture Research Lab, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
The Nature of Teaching, The Education Store, Purdue Extension, place "Nature of Teaching" in search field for list of all lessons available

Rod Williams​, Associate Professor of Wildlife Science
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR), Purdue University

February 20
Control of Woodland Invasive Species Demonstration
Woodlands, invasive plant species demonstration of control March 6, 2015.

Invasive plants are species that can grow and spread aggressively, mature quickly, and invade an ecosystem causing economic and environmental damage. What a better way to learn about them and how to protect your land than to attend the Control of Woodland Invasive Species Demonstration by Lenny Farlee, sustaining hardwood extension specialist. This event is hosted by the Indiana Small Farm Conference.

Who: Indiana Small Farm Conference
What: Control of Woodland Invasive Species Demonstration
When: March 6th, 11:15-11:45am
Where: Exposition Hall at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds and Conference Center
Details: Registration is still available. Sign up by calling The Education Store at 888.398.4636 today!

There will also be pre-conference workshops taking place on Thursday, March 5, 2015 and more workshops from Friday to Saturday evening. You will find topics from Solar Energy for Small Farms to Bee Health Update and Honey Bee Queen Rearing. View the schedule for more details on the Indiana Small Farm Conference​ web site.

Resources
FNR Workshops​, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, (FNR)
Purdue Extension Small Farms, Facebook
Got Nature? blog, click on "forestry", FNR
National Invasive Species Awareness Week, Feb. 22-28
The Education Store, Purdue Extension, place in the search field "invasives"
Invasive Species​, Indiana DNR

Lenny Farlee,​ Sustaining Hardwood Extension Specialist
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

February 13
It's Not Too Late to Conserve Nature on Your Land!
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​Purdue Extension is hosting a one-day event for homeowners and rural landowners to help them maintain the natural resources on their properties.

Participants can chose to attend one of the two "Conserving Nature on Your Land" workshops -

Date: February 27, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST
Location: Whitley County 4-H Center, 680 West Squabuck Road, Columbia City, IN 46725

Date: February 28, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST
Location: Turkey Run State Park Inn, 8102 East Park Road, Marshall, IN 47859

The program will provide information for developing and enhancing woods, landscapes and other natural resources. There will be various sessions, so participants can choose those that best suit their interests.

Sessions will include topics on tree identification, wildlife inventory, planting and protecting tree seedlings, and multiple other management discussions.

Brian MacGowan, Purdue Extension wildlife specialist, will give an introduction to the session on natural resources management. "Our program is an opportunity for participants to learn about what interests them the most from leading experts," MacGowan said. "It also provides them a forum to interact with and learn from other homeowners who have shared similar interest in natural resources."

The deadline to register is Feb. 18. Payment of $40 per individual ($55 for couples) must be included with the registration form. Pay online.  View the Conserving Nature on Your Land pamphlet for more details.

Questions? Email Brian MacGowan.

Brian MacGowan​, Extension Wildlife Specialist
Department of Forestry & Natural Resources, Purdue University

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February 13
Coyote class to be held in Lafayette

​The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be holding a free program in the Lafayette area to educate the community on coyotes. There has been an increase in coyote sightings recently. They are common in all parts of Indiana. DNR experts will be hosting the meeting and will be discussing waye to reduce conflit with coyotes, questions concerning pet safety and current hunting/trapping regulations. There will also be a meeting in the Fort Wayne and Indianapolis area.

What: Living with Coyotes
Where: 1333 Ivy hall, Ivy Tech, 3101 S. Creasy Lane, Lafayette IN
When: Thursday, February 19th, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Details: Register on the DNR's site. Cost is free.


Resources
Education Events, Indiana DNR
Coyote sightings increasing, Got Nature?
DNR provides coyote education class in Lafayette​, wlfi.com

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

February 12
Terre Haute in Tree Crisis

​The Terre Haute area in Indiana is in a tree crisis. With Emerald Ash Borer, and other deciding factors, 300 plus trees a year will be removed. Over the next few years this averages to approximately 24% of the total trees that will be gone. Planning for the future with the knowledge of this loss is crucial. While the city will pay for removing the trees and tree related projects, it is not in the city's budget to replace the trees at this time. The city needs to apply for grants to fund re-planting projects. The trees are removed due to diseases, age, and when people run into them with cars. If you want to learn more about the tree crisis and the action that will be taken, you are welcome to attend the Emerald Ash Borer summit.

What: TREES Inc. Emerald Ash Borer Summit
Where: Vigo County Library, Meeting Rooms A, B, & C
When: Thursday, February 12, 12:00pm to 1:30 pm

Resources
Forestry Report Shows Terre Haute in Tree Crisis, mywabashvalley.com
Emerald Ash Borer in Indiana, Purdue Extension
Tree Installation: Process and Practices, The Education Store
Tree Risk Management​, The Education Store

​Got Nature?
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Purdue University

February 11
Bald Eagles Increasing in Indiana, participate in Eagle Watch

In the past twenty years there has been an increase of population for bald eagles in the Indiana area. Dr. Barney Dunning​, Professor of Wildlife Ecology with the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, stated that since the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) introduced them to the area in 1980 the population has taken off. He knows of 19 nests just along the Wabash, Wildcat Creek and the Tippecanoe River. Take the opportunity to view our national bird in Indiana today!

The Indiana DNR will be hosting an Eagle Watch presented by the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services.
What: Eagle Watch!
Where: Salamonic Interpretive Center, 3691 S. New Holland Road, Andrews, IN 46702
When: February 14 & 15, 3:00 pm
Details: Pre-registration required. View the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services flyer for details.


Resources
Bald Eagle Population in Indiana on the Rise, Full-Time Whistle
Bald Eagle, Indiana DNR
Bald Eagle Breeding Season is Upon Us​, Got Nature?


Indiana Department of Natural Resources

February 11
Introduction to Aquaponics shared at the Indiana Small Farm Conference
AquaponicsIntroduction to Aquaponics will be shared at the 2015 Indiana Small Farm Conference by Bob Rode, Purdue aquaculture lab manager, Dr. Kwamena Quagrainie, aquaculture marketing director, and John Woodbury, Nature's Gift Aquaponics. Aquaponics combines the soil-less growing technique of hydroponics with fish farming. Fish farming is gaining popularity in the state of Indiana and this concept of plant growth along with the fish farming technique is a topic many are wanting more information on. If you are interested in attending please find more information on the Indiana Small Farm Conference website.

There will also be pre-conference workshops taking place on Thursday, March 5, 2015 and more workshops from Friday to Saturday evening from Solar Energy for Small Farms to Bee Health Update and Honey Bee Queen Rearing. View the schedule​ for more details.

Who: Indiana Small Farm Conference 
What: Introduction to Aquaponics
When: 4:00 p.m. March 7, 2015
Where: Hendricks County Fairgrounds on 1900 E. Main Street in Danville, IN
Cost:   Who                                     One Day     Two Day
           Conference attendee                  $75         $100 
           Student fees                              $50         $75 
           Children 12 and under                $15         $25  
           Pre-Conference Workshop Fee     $50


The Education Store, Purdue Extension, place "aquatics" in search field

Bob Rode​, Aquaculture Research/Lab Manager
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University
February 10
Woodlands, Tree Planting, and Income Taxes

​The tax filing due date is a couple of months away, but it's not too early to start collecting information and planning for your return. Woodland owners and landowners planting trees for timber production may be able to take advantage of some parts of the tax code to reduce their bill, if they know what to look for and how to file to receive the best treatment of their income under the law. Several resources are available to help you drill down to those parts of the code that could provide you with some tax breaks. For those who have sold timber in 2014, depending on your individual situation, you may be able to deduct the costs associated with selling timber and the cost basis of the timber from gross income. Basis is the amount you paid for the timber when you purchased the land, or the value of the timber when you inherited it. Since land with standing timber is normally sold as a set value per acre combining both the bare land and timber value, you will need to collect some information and do some calculations to determine basis. A discussion of basis and how it is calculated and used can be found by viewing this FNR Extension publication Determining Tax Basis of Timber.

Timber held for more than one year prior to sale may be eligible for the long-term capital gains income tax rates, providing a much lower rate than the ordinary income tax rates. Profits from selling logs, lumber, or other products derived from harvested trees are not normally eligible for capital gains rates. How you select to sell your timber may inlfuence how the timber is taxed as well. Additional information on determining the type of income your timber sale revenue represents can be found by viewing this FNR Extension publication How to Treat Timber Sale Income.

Costs associated with planting at least one acre of trees for timber production may be eligible for deductions that could reduce your tax bill. A discussion of the investment and tax status of tree plantings can be found by viewing this FNR Extension publication Financial and Tax Aspects of Tree Planting

Tree planting and forest management practiced as an investment are long-term activities, so limiting your costs to manage these activities over time has a big impact on future return on your investment. Managing your tax liability is an important part of that equation.

In addition to the Purdue Extension publications linked above, the US Forest Service provides an annual publication, Tax Tips for Forest Landowners, to provide updates on income tax issues.

The information in this article is intended to help you find resources to answer tax questions, but should not be considered individual tax advice. Consult appropriate tax codes and professionals about your individual circumstances.

Resources:
www.timbertax.org, National Timber Tax
U.S. Forest Service
The Education Store, place in the search field "timber"

Lenny Farlee, Sustaining Hardwood Extension Specialist
Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center
Department of Forestry & Natural Resources, Purdue University

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