The Northwoods Forestry Co-op Fall Field Day is scheduled for Sept. 28 at the property of Gary and Sharon Bodie, 13595 State Highway 18, which is about three miles east of Brainerd.
It is open to the public. There is no admission fee, but a $5 lunch will be available. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. with coffee followed by a morning program which includes a “Fire Wise” presentation by Linda Gormanson, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) forester, discussing how to reduce the fire hazard around your home in the woods. Chainsaw safety will be demonstrated by Craig Schultz, DNR Forestry Department, followed by a first-aid presentation. Bryan Pike, Crow Wing County forester, will lead a walk in the woods to point out tree types — the good, bad and ugly; bug trapping to monitor invasive species; identification and control of buckthorn and other invasive plants; observation of white pine and white spruce plantings. Hardhats will be provided. Wear appropriate footwear. Bring a folding chair.
After lunch and a question and answer session, co-op members will demonstrate grade sawing red oak on the Peterson swing blade sawmill, retrieving logs using tractor-mounted or portable winches, and other various types of equipment suitable for small woodlot management. In addition, there will be a day-long flea market of forest products and equipment. Participants may bring their own with 5 percent of any sales payable to the NFC.
The Northwoods Forestry Cooperative is a “member helping member” organization. Programs and services rely on the involvement of members and focus on three areas: improving the quality of our woodlots, educational workshops offering members new skills and forestry information, how to turn a profit in the woods. The Mission of the Northwoods Forestry Cooperative is “to promote sound woodland management and to assist members in wood products marketing.