2018 Welcome Tour

USDA Forest Service Short Rotation Woody Crops Research

Hosted by:

Ron Zalesny, Adam Wiese, Ed Bauer (retired), Liz Rogers
USDA Forest Service, Rhinelander, WI, USA

Brad Bender ​​MI State University (retired), Escanaba, MI, USA

Brent DeBauche ​​Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rhinelander, WI, USA

Bill Headlee ​​University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello, AR, USA

Pat McGovern Private Nurseryman and Aspen Tree Breeder, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

**NOTE** The Welcome Tour is free. There is no cost to participate in the Welcome Tour.

Monday, July 23, 2018


Stop 1: Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies

Brief introduction of past and current short rotation woody crops research

Tour of laboratories, greenhouses, and other facilities

Tour of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Phyto-Recurrent Selection Study


Stop 2: Rhinelander Experimental Forest

Tour of the new Phytotechnologies Research Farm

Stool beds
Aspen Tree Shelter Comparison Trial
Hosted by:
Pat McGovern (private tree nurseryman and aspen tree breeder)
Brad Bender (Michigan State University, retired)

Description of the tree shelter test objectives and materials used

Comparison of the total costs of both protection systems, including materials, installation, and potential post-planting maintenance

Comparison of figured split wood test properties for three aspens by field sampling tree stems

Observation of 2-year rooting from T x E trees propagated via the Layered Aspen Whip (LAW) process by digging up trees


Hotel check-in, free time
See “Lodging” tab for hotel reservation information​


Bus Transportation to/from Welcome Reception
Seven loops
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Welcome Reception
Nicolet College Lakeside Center Commons
5364 College Drive
Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501

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