Ray & Bev Herman Tree Farm Field Day
Most presenters will be professionals, foresters who over the years have helped get the farm forestland on the way to looking better in many ways.
8:30 to 10:00 Check-in
10:00 to 12:00 Morning tours
12:00 to 1:00 Barbecue Lunch
1:00 to 3:00 Afternoon Tours
You’ll be able to pick and choose any four stops in the AM and any four in the PM on a sign-up basis to maintain even numbers at each stop. Presenters will repeat AM session in the PM. During off time, presenters will be available for Q & A on a personal basis. Wagons will be marked for stops.
1. tree planting (RPM, sticks & seeds)
2. site prep (heavy equipment and chemical)
3. pruning and thinning (young plantation)
4. prescribed burning (effects and planning)
5. controlling invasives (not so proud)
6. marketing (recently marked for harvest)
7. stream erosion control (not so proud)
8. planning & implementing (programs, tools, etc.)
9. woodmizer sawing (different cuts & woods)
Sign in as you arrive at farm from 8:30 am until 10:00 am and select your tour choices. Tractor & wagon transport will take you to tour stops and back. First wagons leave at approx. 9:30, as farm is 1 mile deep.
Crawford County (SE Illinois) just south of Palestine about ¾ mile off route 33.
For planning meals and tour transports, please RSVP through Crawford County SWCD staff by calling 618-544-7517, ext.3. Cost to register is $5.00/person for meal, drinks, handouts, tours, tour guides, tour transports.
Getting to the farm
Use the Interstate Highway nearest you to get to Effingham, Illinois (I-57 joins I-70 there.) Take Illinois Rt.33 east of Effingham to Palestine. At Palestine (small town), take business district main street south through town ¾ mile (watch for signs). Farm is directly in front of you as road curves back west. If you are close to US. Rt. 1, take it north or south (depending on where you live) to Illinois Rt.33. Go east about 3 miles to Palestine.