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      Caring for heartland trees

      Missouri landowners gather at Truman State University farm for the 34th Annual Tree Farm Conference given by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The conference is given to help landowners sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife. It is a way for landowners to get advice on how to care for woods and wildlife and also visit with other tree farmers.

      The Field Program Supervisor Brian Schweiss said it is important tree farmers know how to care for their land. ??Well if you're interested in working in your forest and managing your forest it's critical to have some information from a forester to help you know which trees to keep, which trees to cut so that you know you're keeping your best trees for future growth potential or wildlife habitat,?? Schweiss said.

      Saturday the group will have a field trip to the 2012 Tree Farmer of the Year Ed Keyser??s farm.