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Forestry-related Events

Upcoming events

    • 15 Dec 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 5060 S. Blanding Rd, Hanover, IL

    NOTE: conditions are currently not ideal for a burn, so that this may be delayed by a few weeks.  Check back here later for an update,  Members will receive notice when the date is firm.  The date posted is only a placeholder to keep this event on the calendar.

    Here is a message from the landowner and sponsor of this burn: "Unfortunately, the Woodland Prescribed Burn Field Day scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 13th, is being cancelled due to wet weather.  The Field Day will be rescheduled when weather and field conditions are suitable for a woodland prescribed burn.  Later this fall is still a possibility.  However, as fall progresses, it becomes less likely that we will have a series of warm, dry days that can dry out the leaf litter.  We may have to wait until next spring to reschedule this burn. Sooner or later, we will get this Field Day rescheduled and have a successful prescribed burn."

    NIFA in conjunction with 

    • the Woodland Wildlife Cooperative
    • the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation
    • the NISC

    will be hosting a woodland prescribed burn to demonstrate to other woodland owners and the general public the benefits and procedures in a controlled burn in a forest setting.  Attendees can observe the process and learn about the preparation for such a practice.

    • The date of this Field Day is subject to change based upon weather and ground conditions.  On the morningoftheFieldDay, before driving to this event, please check the JDCF or NIFA website to see if it has been rescheduled ( or  These websites will be updated by 10 AM that morning to report whether the Field Day will be held as planned or rescheduled.  If necessary, you may also call Brad Petersburg of the WWC at 641-420-5851.
    • This is an outdoor event including a presentation and an optional short hike on uneven grass trails in the woods.  Visitors will be required to stay out of the designated burn area unless accompanied by a member of the burn team.
    • Exposer to smoke is a possibility.  Dress appropriately for the conditions, consider using insect repellent, and otherwise plan accordingly.  Bring a lawn chair if you wish to sit and watch the controlled burn from a distance.
    • No food, beverages, or port-a-potty available.  

    Approximate Schedule:

    12:45 Parking attendant guide visitor parking

    1:00 Intros and a brief presentation on why, how, and when to plan a woodland prescribed burn (the main purpose is to demonstrate how to safely conduct a woodland prescribed burn)

    1:30 Review burn plan with team and execute prescribed burn (visitorsobserve)

    4:00 Post-burn review (visitors observe, if still inattendance)

Past events

11 Nov 2021 Extension: Nuisance and Invasive Plants
09 Nov 2021 NIFA Planning Meeting for 2022
20 Sep 2021 NIFA: Chainsaw Safety Training
11 Sep 2021 NIFA & JDCF: Tree ID Tour of Schurmeier Forest
09 Sep 2021 NIFA & JDCF: Tree ID Preview
07 Aug 2021 NIFA: Tour of Clinton Saw Mill Museum
03 Jul 2021 Carroll County: Lundquist Tree Farm Tour
12 Jun 2021 Tour of New Melleray Abbey forestry operations
28 Apr 2021 Extension Webinar: Providing Suitable Woodland Habitat for Secretive Animals – Bats, Snakes, and Salamanders
21 Apr 2021 Extension Webinar: Safe Use of Herbicide in Natural Settings
14 Apr 2021 Extension Webinar: Identification and Management of Herbaceous Invasive Plants
07 Apr 2021 Extension Webinar: Get Lost: How to Navigate in the Backcountry
31 Mar 2021 Extension Webinar: Tree Planting Basics
24 Mar 2021 Extension Webinar: Crop Tree Management
21 Sep 2020 Chain Saw Safety Training
18 Jul 2020 Tour of Sawmill Museum
27 Jun 2020 Tour of Christmas Tree Farm
24 Mar 2020 NIFA Annual Dinner Meeting CANCELLED
14 Mar 2020 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference Cancelled
11 Feb 2020 Invasive Threats to Northern Illinois Forests
16 Jan 2020 Extension Program: Managing Your Timber
15 Jan 2020 Extension Program: Timber Sales
14 Jan 2020 NIFA Meeting on Timber Markets
10 Dec 2019 NIFA Planning Meeting for 2020
12 Nov 2019 NIFA Planning Meeting for 2019
23 Sep 2019 Chainsaw Safety Training
21 Sep 2019 NIFA: Forestry and Sawmill Operation
20 Jul 2019 Coppicing of Oak and Walnut
22 Jun 2019 JoDaviess County: Aerial Spraying of Honeysuckle
04 May 2019 Tour of Larry Priske Farm
20 Apr 2019 NIFA: Forest Regeneration Tour
26 Mar 2019 NIFA Annual Dinner Meeting
09 Mar 2019 Sinsinawa Conference Cancelled
26 Feb 2019 Forestry Consultant Experiences (Re-scheduled)
01 Feb 2019 Dubuque: What Has Wandered Into Your Woods?
18 Jan 2019 Jo Daviess County: Managing Forest Understory and Edges
08 Jan 2019 NIFA: Oak Regeneration
11 Dec 2018 Jo Daviess County: Planning Meeting for 2019
20 Nov 2018 Jo Daviess County: Planning Meeting for 2019
08 Sep 2018 Stephenson County: Tree ID Walk
17 Aug 2018 Dekalb County: Kirkland Sawmill Tour
29 Jul 2018 Walnut Council Annual Meeting
25 Jul 2018 Jo Daviess County: Chain Saw Safety Courses
14 Jul 2018 Jo Daviess County: Tree Planting
16 Jun 2018 JoDaviess County: Aerial Spraying of Honeysuckle
05 May 2018 Stephenson County: Tree Planting Methods
07 Apr 2018 Jo Daviess County: timber harvesting and oak regeneration
27 Mar 2018 NIFA Annual Dinner Meeting
18 Mar 2018 Rockford: Native Oak Woodlands
10 Mar 2018 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference
24 Feb 2018 Whiteside County: Chain Saw Safety Seminar
13 Feb 2018 NIFA Meeting: NRCS Forestry Programs
09 Jan 2018 NIFA Meeting: Wood Carving
18 Nov 2017 Producing Maple Syrup
07 Nov 2017 NIFA Planning Meeting
26 Aug 2017 Tour of Aldo Leopold Foundation
22 Jul 2017 Tour of Aldo Leopold Foundation
03 Jun 2017 Tour of Mulvain Woodworks
13 May 2017 Whiteside County: Tree Plantings
04 Apr 2017 Carroll County: NIFA Annual Dinner
25 Mar 2017 Jo Daviess County: Forest Regeneration Tour (CANCELLED)
17 Feb 2017 Jo Daviess County: Forest Management Planning
14 Feb 2017 NIFA Planning Meeting
24 Jan 2017 NIFA Planning Meeting
05 Dec 2016 NIFA Planning Meeting
07 Nov 2016 NIFA Planning Meeting (Cancelled)
08 Oct 2016 Carroll County: Johnson Creek Hardwoods Tour
27 Sep 2016 Jo Daviess County: Chainsaw Safety Course
15 Jul 2016 Madison, Wisconsin: Forest Products Lab
04 Jun 2016 Jo Daviess County: Forest Management Planning
14 May 2016 Lee County: Tour of Nachusa Grasslands
04 May 2016 Jo Daviess County: Spring into Invasive Plant Species
09 Apr 2016 Jo Daviess County: Emphasis on Wildlife
22 Mar 2016 Carroll County: NIFA Annual Dinner Meeting
12 Mar 2016 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference
09 Feb 2016 Hunting Leases
20 Jan 2016 NIFA Meeting
12 Dec 2015 Jo Daviess County: Prescribed Burn CANCELLED
08 Dec 2015 NIFA Planning Meeting
10 Nov 2015 NIFA Planning Meeting
17 Oct 2015 Carroll County: Autumn Tree Identification
25 Aug 2015 Jo Daviess County: Kick Your Bad (Chainsaw) Habits
08 Aug 2015 Jo Daviess County: Furniture Restoration & Country Store
18 Jul 2015 Jo Daviess County: Log Furniture Company (CANCELLED)
20 Jun 2015 Stephenson County: Sawmill and Firewood
28 May 2015 Champaign County: Illinois Invasive Species Symposium
09 May 2015 Carroll County: Shimer Arboretum Tour
25 Apr 2015 Carroll County: Forest Edge - Consumables,not Invasives
21 Apr 2015 Webinar: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in Horticulture
07 Apr 2015 Webinar: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in Horticulture
24 Mar 2015 Carroll County: Climate is the Forest, Weather is the Tree
14 Mar 2015 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference
26 Feb 2015 McLean County: First Detector Training
19 Feb 2015 Rock Island County: First Detector Training
18 Feb 2015 McDonough County: First Detector Training
12 Feb 2015 Coles County: First Detector Training
11 Feb 2015 Jefferson County: First Detector Training
10 Feb 2015 NIFA Meeting
04 Feb 2015 DeKalb County: First Detector Training
03 Feb 2015 DuPage County: First Detector Training
29 Jan 2015 Madison County: First Detector Training
21 Jan 2015 Jo Daviess County: Controlling Non-Woody Invasives
13 Jan 2015 NIFA Meeting
12 Dec 2014 Webinar: Forest Botanicals For Profit
09 Dec 2014 NIFA Planning Meeting
09 Dec 2014 Webinar: Legacy Planning: Where to Get Help
11 Nov 2014 NIFA Planning Meeting
10 Nov 2014 Webinar: Forest Cultivated Mushrooms
05 Nov 2014 Society of American Foresters Fall Meeting
01 Nov 2014 Putting Small Acres to Work
29 Oct 2014 Controlling Exotic Invasive Species Workshop

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Mail: NIFA, 2303 West Cording Road, Galena, IL  61036


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