STILLWATER — Landowners in Oklahoma who have concerns about cedar trees should make plans to attend an upcoming educational conference.

The Hughes County Conservation District, in conjunction with the Hughes County Cooperative Extension Service, is sponsoring a Cedar Eradication and Utilization Conference on Wednesday. The event will take place at the Hughes County Expo Center.

Registration is $15 at the door.

Aubie Keesee, Hughes County extension educator, said the conference is geared toward farmers, ranchers and landowners who have an abundance of cedars on their property.

Cedar trees are known to be problematic for property owners, and Keesee said he hopes those who attend the conference will go home with some valuable information.

“Cedar trees reproduce rapidly and can very quickly take over valuable pasture,” Keesee said. “In addition, they are an extreme fire danger. The dry conditions the state has faced over the past few months have led to many brush fires that have been fueled by cedar trees.”

The conference will feature a number of industry professionals who will be on hand to share their expertise, including Terry Bidwell, extension rangeland ecology and management specialist at OSU; Steve Mattax, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry; Ronnie Newton, Estes, Inc., and Paul Todd, president of the Aromatic Cedar Association.

The conference will feature a variety of methods of controlling cedar trees, including mechanical and chemical control. A portable sawmill will be set up as one means of mechanical control. Representatives from various companies will be there with equipment for purchase, as well as custom individuals who are available for hire to clear cedars.

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