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Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference offers landowners opportunity to learn about forestry and conservation practices

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The Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference has a 25+ year tradition of providing great information and resources to forest landowners in the Illinois/Iowa/Wisconsin tri-state area.  It has been one of the largest conferences for forest landowners in the Midwest. 

We are happy to announce that Tri-State will return to its historic format on March 2nd, 2024, in northwestern Illinois (Freeport) from 9:00am-4:30pm.   This conference is sponsored by Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin Extension Services.  This year’s keynote speaker is Jason Meyer, executive director of the White Oak Initiative.  Jason will discuss the importance of white oak ecologically and economically along with efforts underway to sustain white oaks on the landscape.  Other topics on the agenda include bottomland forest management, timber harvesting, forest taxes, invasive species control, prescribed fire, tree diseases and pathogens, wildlife management, tree physiology, streambank erosion, forest soils, tree identification, and silvopasture.

The day will end with a discussion with experts from each of the state’s Extension professionals on the state of forestry in the tri-state area.

The Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference is designed specifically for forest landowners in the Midwest, but forestry professionals, consultants, volunteers, Master Naturalists, and students are all encouraged to attend. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2024, and will be held at the Highland Community College Student Conference Center (Building H, Parking Lot A), 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL. Check in will be from 8 to 9 a.m. that morning. The conference begins promptly at 9 a.m.

Pre-Register online at or by calling University of Illinois Extension at (815) 235-4125. Registration, including lunch, is $40 by February 23 and $50 afterwards. Early registration is required to ensure seating and lunch.

If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Nikki Keltner at (815) 235-4125.

For more information on the conference, please contact:

Chris Evans - , (618) 695-3383

About Extension

Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities. Illinois Extension is part of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.