Wednesday, May 30, 2007

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Land Owners Conference
Submitted by Chris Tomazic, AmeriCorps*VISTA for Media

The 9th annual Landowners' Conference will take place this weekend (June 2 & 3) at Camp Oty Okwa in the Hocking Hills. At the Landowners' Conference (LOC) participants attend a variety of workshops designed to promote good stewardship and earned income opportunities. Workshops include: "Bio-Intensive Agriculture" by Joe Kovach, "Minimizing the Impact of Emerald Ash Borer" by Kathy Smith, "Growing Goldenseal and Black Cohash" by Tom Johnson and Charlie Hambel and "Intro to Beekeeping" by David Noble. In addition to the workshops, Bob Beyfuss will deliver the keynote presentation titled "Preserving at-risk plants while obtaining income from your forest." There will also be a youth conference focussing on nature observation and exploration and family sessions.

The LOC will also include commercial and educational exhibitors who will be available to share their products, information, and opportunities. Two meals are provided on both Saturday and Sunday, and the entertainment on Saturday night will be the Stump Juice Trading Company.


Registration is required for the event. On-site registration will be $115 for Rural Action members, and $140 for non-members. On-site registration for the youth conference is $70. Visit www.ruralaction.org/conference for more info.

Friday afternoon will feature a pre-conference event, "Invasive Plant Management Training for the Natural Resource Professional." From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. a variety of speakers will present about current perspectives about invasive plants and methods of control. The cost for this event is $15, which includes lunch.

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