2018-09-13 / Outdoors

Sustainable forests star at field day


CONSULTANT FORESTER Richard Cooper shares the history of the management of Palmer Woods with Leelanau Conservation District Forestry Field Day attendees. CONSULTANT FORESTER Richard Cooper shares the history of the management of Palmer Woods with Leelanau Conservation District Forestry Field Day attendees. Attendees hiked Palmer Woods Saturday with a mission.

About 40 individuals participated in the Forestry Field Day to learn about sustainable management practices, insect and disease control, high deer population impacts on forests, and increasing woodlot diversity.

The Leelanau Conservation District-sponsored event included presentations by consultant forester Richard Cooper, who helped Dr. Palmer manage his forestland for over 40 years, and botanist Liana May, who spoke about deer exclosures.

Listening to these presentations and talking one-on-one with local professionals - 5 foresters, 3 botanists and many others with natural science backgrounds - was a highlight for attendees, said district forester Kama Ross.

“We all learned a lot about sustainable management of the forest for timber resources, wildlife habitat, water resources, recreation and biodiversity in the face of so many nonnative pathogens attacking our trees,” she said.

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