From Bane to Bounty

Missouri NRCS Workshop offers tips on reaping profits from red cedar trees.

Eastern red cedar is one tree that seems to elicit a hate/love response from Missouri farmers and landowners. It's hated in pastures, unwanted on glades, but loved in windbreaks, visual screens, and for wildlife sanctuary in winter. Many don't realize that cut cedar products can yield good income.

Skip Mourglia, USDA NRCS forester, Republic, says his best advice for landowners trying to rid their forest of cedar is, "Don't let it burn, make it earn."

If you have red cedar and you want to learn how to earn the most by growing, preparing, and marketing it correctly, plan to attend the Red Cedar - Challenge or Opportunity Workshop being held Aug. 9-11 at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield. A field tour of cedar processing mills will be held on Aug. 9 followed by indoor sessions on Aug 10-11 that include log scaling, pruning studies, Marketing 101 and value-added products.

Cost is $75 for the workshop and $10 for the field tour. University Plaza has reserved rooms at the discount price of $89 until July 10. Registration includes some meals. For a registration brochure, contact the Southwest Missouri RC&D, at 417-732-6485 or visit your local USDA NRCS office.

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