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Conecuh County Forestry Planning Committee recently held a Field Day for landowners who were interested in managing woodlands and wildlife in challenging times. Committee members included individuals from Extension, Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Conservation Service and landowners. Conecuh County Extension Coordinator Emily Brogden helped organize the Field Day.

Brogden has served on this committee for 33 years, said this was the third big field day she has helped organize. The Field Day, held at Saloom Properties in Conecuh County, was attended by more than 300 people from Alabama and Florida.

The event was organized into stations which included main farm/fire tower, iron gate, longleaf vista, and the main farm. Topics discussed included management of feral hogs, understory/midstory mulching, longleaf pine and wildlife, longleaf pine and fire, and longleaf pine and pine straw markets and wildlife. More than 30 vendors displayed and demonstrated their equipment at the main farm.

“Some vendors had handouts and several had equipment for sale,” Brogden said.

Beau Brodbeck, a regional Extension agent for Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resources Management, also serves on the committee. He had set up a booth with Extension publications and information.

“A team of more than 50 volunteers handled participant and vendor registrations and helped with breakfast and lunch,” Brogden said. Local school buses and trailers ferried participants to the woods for the program.

“We had more than 100 door prizes that were donated by 30 different businesses and individuals from Conecuh, Escambia and Monroe Counties,” Brogden added.