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Central Hardwoods Oak Ecology and Wildlife Management Conference

March 7, 2017 - March 8, 2017

Picture of oak regeneration in Indiana Forest.
Photo by B. MacGowan

Please join us March 7-8, 2017 at the Seasons Lodge in Nashville, IN for an Oak Ecology and Wildlife Management Conference. The conference will include presentations by local and regional experts on the ecology and management of oak forest with an emphasis on regenerating and maintaining oaks in mesic forest conditions. Discussions will include the importance of viable oak communities to sustain healthy forests, associated wildlife species, and economic opportunities in Indiana. This conference will be open to natural resource professionals, foresters, wildlife biologists, consultants and land managers interested in increasing their knowledge of forest management techniques to sustain oak communities. The conference will include plenary session, concurrent sessions with emphasis on forest management and wildlife management topics and an optional half day field tour.

2017 Conference Agenda (pdf 497kb)


Pre-registration is required in order to plan meals and breaks. Please register on-line by February 20, 2017. Registration pays for part of the total cost of breaks, meals, transportation and speakers. Registration and checks can be mailed to Dale Weigel, 143 The Woods, Bedford, IN 47421. Make checks payable to Indiana Society of American Foresters.

General Conference Questions or Concerns

Contact Dan Shaver (dshaver@tnc.org) at 812.374.9441.

Optional Field Tour: Fire in Oak Forests

Visit the Hitz Rhodehamel Woods Nature Preserve and see how reintroduction of a fire regime, mid-story removal and invasive species control have restored a dry-mesic oak woodland and improved habitat for wildlife, stimulated the forest understory and impacted timber value. Local professionals and some of our speakers will be on hand to discuss the site and impacts to the forest.

Poster Session

For information or to set up a poster, contact Mike Saunders (msaunder@purdue.edu), Associate Professor of Hardwood Silviculture.

Conference Facility

The program will be held at The Seasons Lodge, 560 State Road 46 E, Nashville, IN 47448.

Continuing Education

The conference has been assigned 9.25 category 1 CFEs.


The Seasons Lodge is holding a block of rooms for $79.00 per room until February 7th. Reservation can be made by calling 1.800.365.7327. Mention you are with the Wildlife Society/ Society of American Foresters Meeting. Nashville has other lodging options if desired.

Dietary Needs or Accessibility Assistance

Please contact Dan Shaver (dshaver@tnc.org) at 812.374.9441.

The conference will be held in conjunction with the annual Indiana SAF and TWS meetings and is sponsored by the following agencies and organizations:
Central Hardwoods Joint Venture
Oak Woodlands and Forest Fire Consortium
Natural Resource Conservation Service
Indiana Society of American Foresters
Indiana State Chapter of The Wildlife Society
Purdue University
The Nature Conservancy
IDNR Division of Forestry
US Forest Service
Indiana Association of Consulting Foresters


March 7, 2017
March 8, 2017


Seasons Lodge
560 State Rd 46
Nashville, IN 47448 United States
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