Keeping it in the Family Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Meeting Set for Dec. 13 in Hope

Will Hehemann School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

dsc00675The second Keeping it in the Family Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention informational meeting is set for 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Antioch Baptist Church, 799 Hwy. 332 East, Hope, Arkansas.

Joe Friend, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff forester with the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention (SFLR) program, will discuss managing forestland for profit and maximum production, the importance of obtaining a forest management plan and U.S. Department of Agriculture programs that can help forestland owners install improvement practices. In addition, heir property issues, the need for clear title, along with wills and estate planning will be discussed.

The event will include a brief summary of issues discussed at the first Keeping it in the Family meeting, held in Camden, Arkansas on Nov. 10.

Participation of local agents from the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service is encouraged, said Dr. Henry English, head of the Small Farm Program at UAPB.

This is a dinner meeting. Pre-registration is requested. If you have special needs or to be included in the meal count, contact Kandi Williams, SFLR outreach coordinator, at (903) 306-8663 or klwilliams4@gmail.com.

The SFLR program is part of the Keeping it in the Family forest conservation model which is a collaboration of federal, state, local, private and community-based organizations to help keep private forestlands in families.

The UAPB Small Farm Program is sponsoring this meeting. The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Program offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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