That’s when the 2009 Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day (AWFD) takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Georgia-Griffin campus’s Westbrook Research Farm on Ellis Road. The registration fee for the day is $30, and it covers a cap, a program book and a chicken barbecue meal. Anyone may attend the event, which is held once every three years.
The AWFD aims to inform and update landowners on how to improve all aspects of their properties’ natural environment and, thus, maximize the benefits of their land. For example, forest landowners will learn about proper forest road construction, or selling and marketing timber. Wildlife enthusiasts, on the other hand, will find out about bobwhite quail habitats, or how to manage wild turkey.
To relay the latest information to participants, experts from various agencies will provide presentations and demonstrations. These agencies include the Georgia Forestry Commission, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the United States Department of Agriculture, Fort Valley State University and UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as well as the university’s School of Forestry and Natural Resources.
The AWFD will also feature a variety of vendors.
“It’s a great day. It’s not often that you get these agencies together all at once,” said George Granade, superintendent of field services at the UGA-Griffin campus.