Jun
15
9:00 AM09:00

Brush Management: Equipment and Methods for Invasive Plant Control

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This FREE event will train participants to use the equipment and methods that most effectively and safely control invasive shrubs and trees. We’ll focus on common methods and the equipment readily available to landowners.

Agenda

Morning - Kentucky State University Research and Demonstration Farm

  • Intro to brush management techniques for different situations

  • Equipment use

  • Herbicides use and safety

Lunch - Provided by KSU

Afternoon - Josephine Sculpture Park

  • Training stations demonstrating brush management methods

    • Equipment - Power equipment, hand tools, sprayers

    • Methods - Cut-stump, foliar spray, hack-n-squirt, basal bark

    • Herbicides - Mixing, applying, safety

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Dec
3
to Dec 4

Kentucky Habitat Management Symposium

  • Kentucky State University Research and Demonstration Farm (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We’re currently planning our 5th annual symposium that teaches you how to get more done. This is the meeting that provides habitat management recipes and case studies used by experienced land managers and field biologist throughout conservation. This meeting is for any land owner, farmer or professional biologist getting their hands dirty or wanting to get started.

It’s two full days of content that you can put right to work.

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May
22
9:00 AM09:00

How to Install Native Grasses and Forbs

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We’re training you to install native seed using a native seed drill and broadcast spreader. Register for this FREE event made possible by:

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May
11
10:30 AM10:30

Tree Planting Field Day - West Sixth Farm

We’re partnering with West Sixth Farm, Kentucky State University and the Kentucky Division of Forestry to offer you a full day of tree planting instruction and guided nature hikes. Whether you’re planning a conservation, orchard or landscape project, we’ve got you covered. During this free, public event, we’re teaching:

  • Bareroot tree seedlings - with forestry tree planter and hand tools

  • Potted fruit trees - with handheld auger and hand tools

  • Live stakes (cutting) - by hand

We’re going to do more than just stick a few plants in the ground and say “make it look like that”. We’ll demonstrate best practices, common mistakes and provide you with our knowledge as experienced installers.

Staying true to our workshop format, the folks doing the training will also be the ones who are usually getting their hands dirty. Did you catch that? We’re training, not just talking.

We're going to provide you a well-rounded day that also includes guided nature hikes scheduled between the training stations and organized by Woods and Waters Land Trust. We’ll cover things like local nature, invasive plants and habitat management, but this is a great opportunity for you to bring questions about your projects and interests. On top of all that, the tap room will be open, and a food truck will be on site.

Check back here for an upcoming schedule for the day and check out the event Facebook page.

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Apr
20
10:30 AM10:30

POSTPONED - Tree Planting Field Day - Blackacre State Nature Preserve and Historic Homestead

POSTPONED - Due to the chance of poor weather for this outdoor event, we are postponing to a date in May.

We’re partnering with Blackacre and Louisville’s Division of Community Forestry to offer you a full day of tree planting instruction and guided nature hikes. Whether you’re planning a conservation or landscape project, we’ve got you covered. During this free, public event, we’re teaching:

  • Bareroot tree seedlings - with hand tools

  • Potted trees - with hand tools

  • Balled & Burlapped (B&B) trees - with hand tools

We’re going to do more than just stick a few plants in the ground and say “make it look like that”. We’ll demonstrate best practices, common mistakes and provide you with our knowledge as experienced installers.

Staying true to our workshop format, the folks doing the training will also be the ones who are usually getting their hands dirty. Did you catch that? We’re training, not just talking.

We're going to provide you a well-rounded day that also includes guided nature hikes scheduled between the training stations. We’ll cover things like local nature, invasive plants and habitat management, but this is a great opportunity for you to bring questions about your projects and interests.

Check back here for an upcoming schedule for the day and check out the event Facebook page.

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Dec
10
to Dec 11

The Kentucky Habitat Management Symposium

  • Kentucky State University Research and Demonstration Farm (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On December 10-11, 2018 at the Kentucky State University Research and Demonstration Farm, we will be teaching and discussing some of the most important aspects of implementing pollinator, woodland and wildlife habitat management practices. This is our biggest event of the year, full of content requested by field biologists, land managers and landowers.

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Woodland Improvement 101
Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

Woodland Improvement 101

Are you ready to improve your woodlands but need help getting started? Do you want to improve wildlife and wildflower populations yourself but unsure about the most effective techniques? Join Jody Thompson of The Habitat Workshop in collaboration with Woods and Waters Land Trust for a woodland primer on getting things done.

We’re going to give you the ABCs of improving your woodlands and teach you essential implementation techniques. This workshop will answer some of the most common questions from woodland and woodlot owners.

  • How can I get more woodland wildflowers or attract more wildlife?
  • What are the best techniques for controlling invasive plants?
  • When do I have to use herbicides? - Talk to me about goats!
  • How do I know if my woodlands are healthy?
  • How do I know whether I should plant more trees and shrubs?
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Best Fall and Winter Habitat Improvement Practices
Sep
1
10:00 AM10:00

Best Fall and Winter Habitat Improvement Practices

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Join The Habitat Workshop to learn some of the best practices to perform in the fall and winter. Habitat management is a year round process, and your work isn't finished with the end of warm weather. It turns out that fall and winter are two of the best seasons to perform habitat management. Not only is the weather better for labor, but some practices are more effective.

We'll discuss specific techniques and why they are better for this time of year. Topics

  • Planting trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses
  • Invasive species control
  • Woodland and pollinator habitat improvement

Learn how to use the cool season to make your workload more efficient and never miss another habitat improvement opportunity.

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How to Control Invasive Plants and Other Weeds
Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

How to Control Invasive Plants and Other Weeds

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Are your woodlands infested with invasive bush honeysuckle or wintercreeper? Did you spread wildflowers seeds but nothing is growing but fescue or Johnsongrass? Herbicides vs no herbicides? Power tools vs hand tools? Whether you're dealing with a small home landscape, 100 acres of woodlands or an old farm field, invasive plants and other weeds are always an issue.

Join ecologist and designer Jody Thompson to learn some of the best techniques for suppressing invasive plants and other weeds. We'll cover woodlands, home landscapes and grasslands/meadows and specific techniques for controlling trees, shrubs, grasses and vines. We'll also discuss efficient processes to deal with different sized situations and address your questions and concerns about herbicide use.

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How to Create Attractive and Functional Natural Areas
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

How to Create Attractive and Functional Natural Areas

Learn how to create and improve native plant and animal habitat that both people and wildlife can appreciate. A healthy natural area doesn't have to be messy. In fact, healthy, established habitats have a great deal of organization to them. 

This workshop will teach you:

  • Basic principles of design and plant and animal behavior that work together
  • Examples of Kentucky native plants and how they function in different situations
  • How to incorporate these design principles and plants into your landscape or natural areas project     

Join Jody Thompson (professional ecologist and horticulturalist) to learn a better way to create and improve native habitat. 

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Tree Health: How to Diagnose Sick and Healthy Trees
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Tree Health: How to Diagnose Sick and Healthy Trees

  • Salato Wildlife Education Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how to rapidly assessing tree health in your landscapes and woodlands from a professional forest ecologist and horticulturalist. 

  • Does something look wrong with the trees in your yard or woodlands?
  • Did you or a neighbor have a tree "suddenly" die? 
  • Did your trees have fewer leaves than normal last year?
  • Did a tree or several branches fail in an ordinary storm? 

We often think we know what a healthy tree looks like, and we're pretty confident what a dead tree looks like. However, most people don't notice the in-between stages. Signs are often there that tell us the real story. Don't wait till your trees and woodlands are almost dead before you act. Register now.

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Apr
3
9:00 AM09:00

How to Install Native Grasses and Forbs

Learn how to install native grasses and forbs from the experts who do it every day. Roundstone Native Seed and the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will train participants how to:

  • Use native seed drills
  • Choose the right native grasses and forbs for a site
  • Understand how native grasses and forbs can be used in different farms situations
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