Kemp Station to hold open house at new Connor Forestry Center – June 29

UW-Madison’s Kemp Natural Resources Station in Woodruff will hold an open house of their newest building, the Connor Forestry Center, on Thursday, June 29 from 4 – 7 p.m.

The Connor Forestry Center is the new four-season classroom and meeting space serving Kemp Station’s mission of natural resources teaching, outreach and research. A picnic supper will be available starting at 5 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to stay for the 7 p.m. evening presentation by CALS forest and wildlife ecology professor Glen Stanosz, titled “Fantastic Fungi – the Movers and Shapers of the Forest,” which will be held in the Connor Forestry Center.

Here’s a description of Stanosz’ talk: Fungi are often overlooked and definitely under-appreciated. Yet these diverse and highly evolved organisms are critical to the function of forest ecosystems. Their varied lifestyles provide roles as symbiotic mutualists, nature’s recyclers, and disease-causing tree pathogens. Fungi profoundly influence the initiation, development, composition, stability, and change of forests.

For more information, call 715-358-5667.