Please note that the location for tomorrow’s herbicide training session previously show on the WordPress site has been revised to show the correct location of the workshop – Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Saturday 29 January at Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary near Loami.
- 10 am – 11:30 am
Save the date! And get your checkbook ready. Ducky Race returns – pencil in the spring equinox Sunday March 20. Tickets are being printed, and prizes sponsored by Monarch Landscaping & Garden Center.
Hickories in Horticulture – Brandon M. Miller, Ph.D./UMN Urban Forestry
SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2022 AT 10 AM – 4 PM
Reservations are required for all events; call 217-525-1410 to reserve your place or for more information. We are limiting participants to 25. Please bring a mask for the classroom portion of the burn training.
Learn about all aspects of controlled burns, including weather and appropriate conditions, coordinating with local officials, performing burns, how to use equipment, safety and clothing. This will be a full day, so bring a lunch. Appropriate clothing includes leather boots, no synthetic materials, long pants and long sleeves, gloves. Anyone dressed inappropriately will not be allowed to participate in the field portion.
One of the most important management tools is fire used in a controlled manner. We use controlled burns for prairies, woodlands, and wetlands. Classroom session covers principles and practices, including weather conditions, safe practices, equipment, and fire behavior. Field practice to follow, weather permitting.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2022 AT 10 AM – 2 PM
Get ready to volunteer by sharpening your skills at free training workshops. Safety clothing will be available. Bring your own if you have it. Reservations are required for all events; call 217-525-1410. We are limiting participants to 25.
ADVANCED, FELLING & BUCKING 10am-noon, for those who already took a beginner course. You will learn techniques for dropping larger trees.
BEGINNER, ELECTRIC SAWS & SAFETY 1-2pm, if you have a chainsaw and want to know how to use it safely. We will cover chainsaw operation, safety, maintenance, battery-powered saws, and how to cut small trees and shrubs.
Thanks so much for your interest! Hopefully you’ll be volunteering on our work days. But if this is just to hone your skills to work your own, personal restoration project – you’re more than welcome to come!
Thanks to all our members, volunteers and donors who make training sessions like this possible.
PLEASE NOTE: 2 DIFFERENT DATES
- SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2022 AT 10 AM – 11:30 AM (Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary)
- SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 2022 AT 10 AM – 11:30 AM (Adams Wildlife Sanctuary)
This training session is required if you wish to volunteer using herbicides on FOSV properties or other properties we work on. A classroom session will be followed by field demonstrations (weather permitting). Wear closed-toe shoes or boots, long pants, long sleeves, and bring gloves.
Reservations are required for all events; call 217-525-1410 to reserve or for more information. We are limiting participants to 25. Please bring a mask for the classroom portion of the herbicide training.
Saturday 29 January at Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary near Loami.
Saturday 8 January at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary in Springfield.
Annual certification good for calendar year. The workshop is free. Contact Vernon LaGesse at 525.1410 with any questions.
Thanks to our members, volunteers and donors for making workshops like this available!