Forest Stewardship Conference

Contact: Jesse Randall, ISU Extension Forestry,

The 2017 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference is Saturday, March 11 at Sinsinawa Mound Center, Sinsinawa, Wis. This is the 23rd year for the conference, which annually draws 500 woodland landowners from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.

According to Jesse Randall, Iowa State University Extension forester, “It has become one of the largest private woodland owner conferences in the nation. The conference regularly fills to capacity, so those interested in participating are encouraged to register early to secure their place and receive the ‘Early Bird’ registration discount.”

More than 20 presentations will cover a wide range of topics focusing on private woodland owners, including, tree planting options, marketing timber, management of forests for wildlife, maple syrup making, native woodland plants and how to grow them, farm pond management, using drones in forestry, making wooden long bows, invasive species controls, etc. Online registration is available at Participants will have the opportunity to interact with state and federal forest managers, as well as to see the most recent advances in forestry technology at the vendors fair.

Additional conference information is available online at, including the conference talks, presenter bio’s and registration materials will be available for online registration and for mail in registration.

Randall encouraged woodland owners to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration Discount. The adult registration fee is $45 per person on or before Feb. 15 and $55 per person after that date. The fee includes a continental breakfast, buffet luncheon, refreshments, resource packet and handouts.

The deadline to receive paper registrations is February 27 and online registration accepted until March 3. Advance registration is required; no walk-in registrations on the day of the conference will be allowed. Participation is limited to 550; so early registration is encouraged and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The conference is presented in partnership with the Cooperative Extension Services at Iowa State University and University of Illinois; the Illinois and Iowa Department of Natural Resources; the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University; and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Sinsinawa Mound Center is located in Wisconsin, a few miles east of Dubuque, Iowa. For more information, contact Jesse Randall at 515-294-1168 or send email to

Pollinator Party

The Pollinator Party is Today! And you’re invited!

1-4 pm at the Community Prairie in Decorah

The Prairie is on the West Side, near Aase Haugen Home. Here’s a map to help get you there.

In honor of National Pollinator Week, Northeast Iowa Pollinator Partners invited you to a Pollinator Celebration Party at the Decorah Community Prairie on June 18th, from 1-4 p.m.  The event is free and suitable for adults and children alike.

Attendees will enjoy guided pollinator exploration walks through the prairie; making bee houses, habitat seed balls and pollinator masks; playing a pollinator game; engaging in a scavenger hunt, pollinator face painting and a pollinator book arts project. The party will also include a tour of a display hive; learning stations and take-home materials for two citizen science projects: The Great Sunflower Project and Million Pollinator Gardens, as well as a silent auction and a “Gifts from the Pollinators” basket raffle. “Pollen Nation”, a CD of pollinator music created by local artists will be for sale. Any proceeds from the CD sales and the silent auction will be used to support pollinator conservation in Northeast Iowa.

Funding for the event is provided by Thrivent Financial and community donations. For more information on this and other upcoming events, call (563) 382-2451 or see the Northeast Iowa Pollinator Partners Facebook page.

Up Up! Film Festival, April 13-23, 2016

Featured image for 'Up Up! Film Festival'What do you get when you add farms, food, rural issues, and film? The UP UP film festival! Running this week in Decorah and through April 23rd, this film festival will share perspectives on rural life, food systems, and farming. With films for all ages, movie subjects range from small chocolate growers in Mexico to cattle ranchers in Colorado.

To see the full schedule and descriptions of the films, visit: