Join the Illinois Forestry Association on Saturday, June 5th from 10 am - 12 pm for a field tour to learn about the forest management techniques that are being conducted today to keep Illinois forests healthy and productive!
Attendees of this field event will tour two adjacent forest preserves; the Howard Coleman and Funderburg Forest Preserves that have undergone different management strategies. The meeting location will be an access road outside Rockford, IL (the access road will be marked with a sign).
When: Saturday, June 5th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Meeting Location Address: 12848 North Meridian Road, Rockford, IL
Registration Required: Make sure to register for the event! We can only accept 50 attendees, so register now to reserve your place!
Other Details: Attendees should make sure to bring suitable attire to hike in. Face masks are optional but we will ask that attendees prepare to adhere to proper social distancing.
10:00 am - 11:25 am Mike Woolery - Forest Management Technique Field Tour
Hear Byron Forest Preserve and Winnebago County Forest Preserve staff describe the management at Howard Coleman and Funderburg Forest Preserves. Learn about timber harvesting, forest thinning techniques, prescribed fire, and invasive species control from Mike Woolery; a consulting forester and dedicated member of the Illinois Forestry Association.
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Tricia Bethke - Forest Pests in Illinois Update
Learn about the forest pests that affect or have the potential to affect Illinois Forests, such as emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, and spotted lanternfly. Tricia Bethke is a forest pest outreach coordinator and Illinois Forestry Association board member.
Full Event Flyer: IFA Northern Field Tour - Howard Coleman and Funderburg Forest Preserves 2021.pdf