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Learn from FNR Professionals at Hoosier Hardwood Festival

Come learn from several FNR faculty and staff members and take in the Woods on Wheels exhibit atTwo people look at part of the Woods on Wheels exhibit about forest management the Hoosier Hardwood Festival at the Boone County Fairgrounds, August 25-27.

The festival, sponsored by the Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association and presented by Wood-Mizer, includes live demonstrations, educational sessions, children’s programming and more on Friday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). The event will showcase logging equipment, heavy machinery, chainsaws, sawmill equipment, wood-working equipment and tools. Industry professionals, hobbyists and landowners can benefit from educational sessions and live demonstrations. Hoosier Hardwood Festival slate also includes lumberjack shows, woodworkers, artisans, crafters, festival food and live entertainment.

Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources will be well represented in the educational and children’s programming lineups throughout the weekend.

Purdue Extension forester Lenny Farlee kicks off the educational programming slate with an 11:30 a.m. session on August 25. He will be sharing about Growing Healthy Woodlands. Join Farlee in the indoor classroom in the education building to learn about several things you can do to make your woods healthier, more productive and able to provide more of the products and benefits you are looking for.

At 12:15 p.m. head to the Woods on Wheels stage where the Purdue Student Chapter of Environmental Education will be presenting Growing Together Indiana. Through this interactive activity, participants will learn how animals, insects, plants and trees “grow together” in the environment. They also will be able to craft their own tools to discover how different organisms are growing together in their own backyards.

Dr. Eva Haviarova is next up on the Woods on Wheels stage, presenting Magical Wood for Kids beginning at 1 p.m. Aimed at elementary school students, this program seeks to educate students and the general public about the tremendous importance of wood and wood products in everyday life and their importance to a sustainable future. Participants will be involved in hands-on experiments such as blowing bubbles through a wood stick, making paper, and testing the strength of wood.

Farlee is talking Trees and Taxes during a 1:45 p.m. session in the indoor classroom. Learn how you can take advantage of some savings opportunities related to taxes on woodland properties and timber sale income.

Dr. Songlin Fei is sharing about digital forestry during a 2:30 p.m. session in the indoor classroom. The integrated digital forestry group will present new developments in digital tools and technologies in the application of forest inventory and measurement, forest management, and health monitoring. Live demos of the applications of drone, spectral sensors and LiDAR sensors will be available pending weather conditions.

Dr. Rado Gazo wraps up Day 1 of the Hoosier Hardwood Festival with a session on Cutting Your Logs at 3:15 p.m. in the indoor classroom. This session will discuss general considerations of milling hardwood logs into lumber and then drying the lumber for use.

The action continues on Saturday, August 26 as Purdue Extension wildlife specialist Jarred Brooke talks about Deer Impacts on Woodlands. The session is slated for 9:30 a.m. in the indoor classroom.

Stick around to learn more from Brooke at a prescribed fire in woodlands session beginning at 10:15.Prescribed fire

Meanwhile, Haviarova will be back on the Woods on Wheels stage for more sessions of Magical Wood for Kids at 10:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

At 11 a.m., Liz Jackson, executive director of the Indiana Walnut Council and Indiana Forestry and Woodland Owners, will lead a session on climate smart forestry. The session will discuss the voluntary carbon market programs available to Indiana woodland owners in the future and how to qualify, plus some things to consider if you are interested in enrolling. The session also will discuss some forest management practices and their impact on the carbon cycle.

The 11:45 a.m. timeslot offers three chances to interact with Purdue faculty, staff and students. Farlee will present Growing Healthy Woodlands in the indoor classroom. Students from SCEE will offer interactive activities of Growing Together Indiana on the Woods on Wheels stage at 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m.  

Purdue Extension forester Don Carlson will present safe chainsaw operation in the outdoor area on the east side of the Education Building. Carlson will offer a general overview of chainsaw operation safety and safety in the woods, with hand-on tips and demonstrations.

Farlee will be talking Trees and Taxes at 12:30 p.m., while Jackson will be discussing Climate Smart Forestry at 2 p.m.

Purdue Extension urban forestry specialist Ben McCallister will be talking about Urban Forestry in the indoor classroom at 2:45 pm. He will be sharing about how trees are a major part of our community environment. Although trees have been an important part of human settlements throughout history, only recently has their full value to cities and towns been recognized. Trees and green spaces play an important role in improving city living conditions and more importantly, our quality of life.

Purdue Extension wildlife specialist Dr. Brian MacGowan will share about Woodland Wildlife Creatures at 3:30 p.m. Providing wildlife habitat is an important goal for the vast majority of woodland owners. In this session, you’ll learn about different ways woodlands benefit wildlife as well as some simple strategies to increase benefits to a wide variety of wildlife species.

Hoosier Hardwood Festival Schedule with FNR Presenters

Friday, Aug. 25 (11 a.m. -5 p.m.)

11:30 a.m. Growing Healthy Woodlands, Lenny Farlee  
Learn about several things you can do to make your woods healthier, more productive and able to provide more of the products and benefits you are looking for.

12:15 p.m. Growing Together Indiana, Purdue Student Chapter of Environmental Education.
Through this interactive activity, participants will learn how animals, insects, plants and trees “grow together” in the environment. They also will be able to craft their own tools to discover how different organisms are growing together in their own backyards.

1 p.m.  Magical Wood for Kids, Dr. Eva Haviarova
Aimed at elementary school students, this program seeks to educate students and the general public about the tremendous importance of wood and wood products in everyday life and their importance to a sustainable future. Participants will be involved in hands-on experiments such as blowing bubbles through the wood stick, making paper, and testing the strength of wood.

1:45 p.m. Trees and Taxes, Lenny Farlee
Learn how you can take advantage of some savings opportunities related to taxes on woodland properties and timber sale income.

2:30 p.m. Digital Forestry, Dr. Songlin Fei

The integrated digital forestry group at Purdue University will present new developments in digital tools and technologies in the application of forest inventory and measurement, forest management, and health monitoring. Live demos of the applications of drone, spectral sensors and LiDAR sensors will be available pending weather conditions.

3:15 p.m. Cutting Your Logs, Dr. Rado Gazo
This session will discuss general considerations of milling hardwood logs into lumber and then drying the lumber for use.

 

Saturday, Aug. 26

9:30 a.m. Deer Impacts on Woodlands, Jarred Brooke

10:15 a.m.

  • Prescribed Fire in Woodlands, Jarred Brooke
  • Magical Wood for Kids, Dr. Eva Haviarova

11 a.m.

  • Climate Smart Forestry, Liz Jackson
    We will discuss the voluntary carbon market programs available to Indiana woodland owners in the future and how to qualify, plus some things to consider if you are interested in enrolling. We will also discuss some forest management practices and their impact on the carbon cycle.
  • Cutting Your Logs, Dr. Rado Gazo

11:45 a.m.

  • Growing Healthy Woodlands, Lenny Farlee
  • Safe Chainsaw Operation, Don Carlson
    A general overview of chainsaw operation safety and safety in the woods, with hand-on tips and demonstrations.
  • Growing Together Indiana, Purdue Student Chapter of Environmental Education.

12:30 p.m. Trees and Taxes, Lenny Farlee

1:15 p.m. Magical Wood for Kids, Dr. Eva Haviarova

2 p.m.  

  • Climate Smart Forestry, Liz Jackson
  • Growing Together Indiana, Purdue Student Chapter of Environmental Education.

2:45 p.m.

  • Urban Forestry, Ben McCallister
    Trees are a major part of our community environment. Although trees have been an important part of human settlements throughout history, only recently has their full value to cities and towns been recognized. Trees and green spaces play an important role in improving city living conditions and more importantly, our quality of life.
  • Safe Chainsaw Operation, Don Carlson

3:30 p.m.

  • Woodland Wildlife Creatures, Brian MacGowan
    Providing wildlife habitat is an important goal for the vast majority of woodland owners. In this session, you’ll learn about different ways woodlands benefit wildlife as well as some simple strategies to increase benefits to a wide variety of wildlife species.
  • Magical Wood for Kids, Dr. Eva Haviarova

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