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Indiana Forester Newsletter

The Fall 2014 edition of Indiana Forester is now available for downloading (pdf file). If you would like a copy of a past issue, you can find pdf versions here.

Domestic and Internatonal Markets for Veneer Logs/Sawlogs, Friday, November 14

Markets for veneer logs, saw logs, stave logs, and low grade are constantly changing with domestic and international market demand. It is important for timber growers, land managers and those getting our hardwood trees from forest to market understand current market conditions. We often think of selling timber or logs to veneer mills and sawmills. However, log merchandisers have many domestic and international contacts and specialize in purchasing timber and directing each log to its highest end value. This is your opportunity to learn about current domestic and international markets for saw logs and veneer logs and to understand the quality levels needed for each market. Maybe more importantly, we will discuss how marketers of standing timber can make each parcel more attractive to potential buyers. Registration and additional information here (pdf).

Hardwood Lumber: Producing, Using and Selling, Thursday, November 13

The hardwood industry is composed of a very diverse group of individuals, small companies and large companies that produce timber and continue to add value until a wood product finally ends up available to an individual consumer or to an industrial user. Wood and usually lumber is what connects this diverse group together. The purpose of this one day workshop is to provide information about lumber production, its proper handling and use. Registration and additional information here (pdf).

2014 Pesticide Training Program

The program will be held November 21 in the historic H. J. Ricks Centre for the Arts, 122 West Main Street (US 40) Greenfield, IN. Registration and additional information here.

2014 Indiana Society of American Foresters Summer Meeting

Invasive species are a serious threat to Indiana forests and wildlife habitat. They reduce biodiversity, impact growth of native trees and plants, and alter ecosystem function. Experts from Indiana provide a unique opportunity to learn about invasive species management. Registration and additional information here.

2014 Indiana Society of American Foresters Winter Meeting

This year's theme was "It's an Ever-changing World Out There - New Technology, Changing Markets, and New Challenges" . The meeting was held April 22-23 at the Morgan-Monroe State Forest, Martinsville, Indiana Training Center. Additional information here.

foresters Marketing Forestry with Trees of Indiana Bandanas and other Materials

Marketing forestry is something every ISAF member should embrace. To meet this goal, Indiana SAF has developed several tools. We have a brochure on careers in forestry which are available to members who might be asked to speak to highschool classes or other groups. We have also developed two displays. One displays caters to careers in forestry. The other display is a tailgate size model for landowners and speaks to why they would want to hire a professional forester. This display has an accompanying brochure.

banadanaThe Trees of Indiana is the latest marketing effort of the Indiana SAF. The cost of these bandanas is $3.25 each. They are an excellent gift and many members have found they make a memorable "business card" to give to landowners when they make a contact. Please note that the website on all of these materials is now incorrect and you may want to point this out to people - since our website has changed from www.indianasaf.org to www.indianasaf.net. If you are interested in any of these items, please contact Lee Huss ().

Indiana SAF Fellows

Indiana SAF Fellows have a strong commitment through direct SAF volunteer activities as well as through exemplary action, sustained leadership, and advancement of the forestry profession in the application of forestry, education, public policy, research, and/or technology transfer. See previous Indiana SAF Fellows here.

Land Use Statistics of Interest

According to the Indiana DNR, 19% of the state is in forest. This is the third largest land use. Number one is corn and number two is soybeans at about equal proportions. Together they make up about 50% of the state's area. That leaves about 20% for urban, suburban and industrial uses. Trees are important to Indiana.

Sustainable Forestry Publication Series Available

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and Department of Forestry and Natural Resources has just released a new series of extension publications titled "A Landowners Guide to Sustainable Forestry in Indiana". The eight titles in the series cover a variety of topics interesting to forest landowners and their forest managers. The publications can be viewed online here. For ordering information, call 888.398.4636 or write Communications Media Distribution Center, 1187 Service Building, West Lafayette, IN, 47907-1187.

Directory of Professional Foresters

The Directory of Professional Foresters compiled by the Indiana Forest and Woodland Owners Association is available. Large orders can be sent to Dan Ernst () at the DNR Division of Forestry, 317.232.4105 or from Wendell Leedy (), at 317.881.1632. Single copies are available at local Soil and Water Offices or Division of Forestry offices.