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Walnut Council to discuss hardwoods management

October 04, 2005

The Maryland Chapter of the Walnut Council will hold its Annual Fall Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Shingle Oak Farm near Lisbon, Md., in Howard County.

The event - for anyone who likes trees, or owns or wants to own, forested land - will cover topics from tree planting, to harvest, and everything in between.

The day's events are to begin with a look at "creative and inexpensive methods of land procurement and protection, including how a local landowner gained 11 acres of forested land without any money exchanging hands," the Maryland chapter said in a press release.

"This will be followed by talks on how to plant trees for maximum survivability, and the best methods for protecting those trees from deer damage. Then it's back to the basics with a crash course in tree biology and tree/plant identification for those nature buffs that want to know what they're looking at."

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In the afternoon, there'll be a discussion and demonstration of chain saw felling techniques and safety, along with alternative harvesting techniques for small harvest operations.

Next, there will be a tour of the farm with a look at planted tree seedling maintenance, and the identification and control of exotic-invasive plant spe-cies.

In addition, there will be an in-depth look at the various cost-share programs available to landowners.

"We guarantee that everybody who attends this workshop will learn something they can take home and use to better manage their land," according to the press release.

The daylong event, which will be held rain or shine, will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 6 p.m. Both lunch and dinner will be provided.

The chapter urges guests to come dressed for the weather and to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Admission is $10 for Walnut Council members and $15 for nonmembers.

To register or to get more information on the workshop, telephone David Robbins at 301-791-4010 or send e-mail to DRobbins@dnr.state.md.us

The deadline to register is Oct. 7.

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