Hundreds of landowners will come together Saturday, Sept. 10 in Antigo’s Ray Kretz Industrial Forest to educate themselves on proper forest management and celebrate stewardship across Wisconsin and Michigan forests. It is all part of the 14th annual Fall Forestry Festival hosted and sponsored by Kretz Lumber Company.
The festival provides attendees from across the state an opportunity to unite, learn and share best practices for forest sustainability and conservancy. Festival organizers say sustainable forest management happens when educated landowners have the tools, resources and knowledge needed to effectively manage their land. This year’s festival will focus on forest management practices for improving wildlife habitat and will feature an expert discussion on the topic. Panel members will include representatives from the Ruff Grouse Society, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Reed and Hoppe’s Wildlife Food Plots.
The Landowner’s Fall Forestry Festival encompasses an entire day of hands-on forest activities, including exhibitions, learning stations, tours, discussions, trainings, guest speakers and a northwoods lunch sponsored by EXPERA specialty solutions. This year’s legacy landowner recognitions include Dave Marsceau, the Duren Farm, Dennis Rezner and David and Curt Parsons. Other highlights will include DNR stream shocking, cutting demonstrations, forest insect and disease discussions, horse skidding, and hayride tours of the Merry property. The festival begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. and will take place at Kretz Lumber Company, W11143 County Hwy. G, Antigo.
Schedule of events
9 am: Registration
10 am: Panel discussion
10:20 am: Activities and tours begin
11 am – 1 pm: Lunch provided (sponosred by EXPERA)
2 pm: Festival concludes
Interested parties wishing to attend the 2016 festival must RSVP with Kretz Lumber Company. To register, please call their offices at 1-800-352-1438.