The theme of the four-day event is Walnuts in Indian Country and features educational field tours of woodland management on Kickapoo Tribal lands along with in-door sessions from nationally recognized experts in natural resource management.
Hosted by the Kansas Chapter of the Walnut Council, Kansas Forestry Association and Kansas Forest Service, the meeting offers landowners, natural resource professionals, scientists, foresters and other forest industry professionals an opportunity to network and discuss the most pertinent issues associated with the successful growth and management of American black walnut and other fine-quality hardwoods.
The meeting begins with the inaugural Walnut Masters golf tournament hosted by State Forester Larry Biles on June 16 followed by an evening reception at the Kansas History Museum.
In addition to Kickapoo Tribal lands, field tours will be held at the Barrow Ranch and Copperhead Hill Ranch. Field tours will include sessions on agroforestry, tree and songbird identification, wildlife and woodland management, sawmill and harvesting demonstrations and more. Indoor sessions will include discussions about fire and oak regeneration, tick-borne diseases, and a variety of woodland owners’ “show-and-tell” sessions.
The deadline for early registration is June 5. Registration for the full event is $175 with single-day registration options. Registrations can be submitted online or by mail.