ANNA — The Shelby Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual Forestry Field Day will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Shelby County Park District’s “Bornhorst Woods.” The woods is located northwest of Anna on Staley Road, between Wells and Amsterdam Road.
The public is invited to come out and walk the woods on their own or with the ODNR Service Forester. Talks will include topics such as timber management, timber sales, tree identification and the latest disease and insect pests affecting our woodlots. Representatives from Pheasants Forever and the Division of Wildlife will be available to answer questions about wildlife habitat and management. A portable sawmill will be in operation turning logs into boards. Wood carvers and a chain saw sculptor will be set up, creating unique items from wood. A drawing will be held for a basket of items produced by honey bees.
For the kids, there will be numerous wood-craft related activities throughout the day. A candy scramble is scheduled at 2:15 followed by a visit from Smokey Bear at 2:30
Take a short walk through the woods to see a stone marking a point from the original land survey. Visit the historic Redman Cemetery. This little-known site has headstones dating from the first half of the 1800’s.
This event is free with something for the entire family to enjoy. Complementary hot dogs, apples and beverages will be served. For more information, call the Shelby SWCD’s office at 937-492-6520, ext 3. Also visit the website at www.shelbyswcd.org.