A Dunn County couple will host an “Open Woods” event Saturday, open to anyone interested in woodlands, tree identification or conservation.

Brian and Mary Blakeley of Boyceville will host the Dunn County Open Woods event on Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., as part of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association’s 40th year anniversary celebration.

The event is free and open to the public.

Are you a woodland owner who would like to learn more about caring for your woodlands and keeping it healthy? Perhaps you’re thinking of purchasing woodlands? Or maybe you would just like to spend a beautiful spring day in the woods with your family?

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Foresters Rob Strand and Matt Molback and Jordan Forestry Consulting Forester Jay Jordan will be leading tree identification walks in the woods at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Join representatives from the Lower Chippewa Invasives Partnerships at 11 a.m. to walk and walk about invasive species.

If attendees aren’t up for a walk, stick around the yard and try your best to guess the age of tree cookies and identify different trees around the yard.

The Blakeleys invite attendees to bring a picnic lunch to complement the provided snacks and take in the sights and sounds of nature while you eat.

The Blakeley property is located at E5228 920th Ave. near Boyceville. To get to the property from Menomonie, go north on Highway 25 for seven miles, turn west (left) on 920th Ave. and go 1/2 mile to the big red barn and silo.

Look for the WWOA Open Woods signs to help you find the location.

The Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association is a nonprofit, educational organization established in 1979 for and by Wisconsin’s private woodland owners interested in becoming better stewards of their woodlands.

WWOA offers year-round educational opportunities for novice and experienced private woodland owners who want to improve the health of their woods.

The WWOA’s website is wisconsinwoodlands.org. For a free informational packet, contact WWOA at wwoa@uwsp.edu or 715-346-4798.

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