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Jo Daviess County: Pruning/Thinning Demonstration

  • 05/19/2012
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • near Scales Mound, Illinois
On Saturday, May 19th, at 1:00 pm, the Northwest Illinois Forestry Association will be sponsoring a tour of the Nasuh Khatib Farm, 4515 West Council Hill Rd., Scales Mound.  Over the past 23 years, Mr. Khatib has planted several Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) plots to trees in various combinations of black walnut, cherry, and pine.  The pine were used as trainers to grow the more valuable walnut and cherry into straight, merchantable lumber trees.  This last winter, consulting forester Kevin Oetken of Woodland Forestry Consulting, Monmouth, IA, conducted a thinning of the stands by girdling selected trees.  Mr. Oetken will be on hand to discuss the work performed and the goals Mr. Khatib is striving to accomplish.  Anyone interested in woodland improvement should plan to attend this informative timber management event.
 
To get to the farm, head west on Stagecoach Trail from the Elizabeth-Scales Mound Rd. intersection for about one mile.  Just past the “Jesus Saves” sign, turn north on West Council Hill Rd. and go approx. 2.5 miles to “4515”.

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