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Find value in Owen County’s red cedar trees

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Extension Service News By Kim Strohmeier

Most Owen County farmers have an abundance of cedar trees on their land. And, most think that there is absolutely no economic value to the trees, other than holding the world together and providing some wildlife habitat.
Eastern red cedar might be a bit overlooked, despite it being the most widely distributed conifer in the eastern United States. The University of Kentucky Extension Service is providing a workshop, “Got Cedar? Now What?” to outline some management and marketing options.
The Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the Kentucky Division of Forestry and the Kentucky Association of Consulting Foresters, will offer the workshop at 6:30 p.m. March 24 at the Franklin County Extension office.
“Red cedar is often not considered an important commercial species. But its wood has beauty, durability and workability, and it also provides valuable cover, nesting sites and food for many wildlife species,” said Billy Thomas, UK extension forester. “With ‘Got Cedar?’ we will address marketing options, products from red cedar wood, management, harvesting and sales.”
The program is free, but preregistration is required to reserve space. For more information or to register, call the Owen County Extension office at 484-5703.

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Woodlot management
Woodland management — what is it? For different woodland landscapes, it can mean different things. For different woodland owners, the complexity of management options increases. To answer the questions that a woodland owner might have about the specifics on how to manage the woodland segments of your property, plan on attending the Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop being held  from 9-4 March 26 at General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton.
This one-day workshop will provide you with forestry and wildlife experts from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, who will address questions and concerns that you have with management of your property.
Program cost is $50 per person, which includes program materials and lunch. Agenda highlights and speakers can be found at  www.tristatewoods.org.
Additional information can be found at the website, as well as by calling the UK Forestry Department at (859) 257-7597.