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Fall color, forestry walk set Saturday in NYM

The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center is sponsoring a forestry walk at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 29 at the farm of Bob and Ingrid Sonnenberg, just north of New York Mills.

Bob will give a 30 minute orientation to his tree farm, discussing his sustainable forestry practices. He will then lead a 1.5 mile walk from the farmstead through maple, oak, birch, ash, red pine, and swamp oak woods to a cabin where participants can rest and have informal conversation.

The Center will provide water and participants should bring a sack lunch. After a rest (about 1pm) we'll walk back to the Sonnenberg Farmstead by a different route-about 1.5 additional miles.

Topics to be addressed will include integration of agriculture and forestry, Minnesota trees, sustainable forestry practices, leaf coloring, tree planting using seedlings and seeds, tree seed collection, oak regeneration, seedling protection from mice and deer, and timber stand improvement.

Bob is the 2010 Outstanding Tree Farmer of Minnesota and also 2010 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the North Central States (13 northern states).

For those who would prefer not to walk the second leg we will provide shuttle transportation back to your car. Those taking the shuttle should reach their cars by 1:30pm. Those walking will complete the tour by 3pm. Call 218-385-3339 to reserve a space for this adventure, and get directions to the Sonnenberg Farm. We'll put up signs to help direct everyone. There is no charge for this session - but we ask you to call the Center to reserve a space.