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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012

CONTACT: Brian R. Haines, public information officer
N.C. Forest Service
919-857-4828

Woodland stewardship workshops planned for Western N.C.

RALEIGH — The N.C. Forest Service is joining N.C. State University’s Forestry and Environmental Outreach Program and other natural resource agencies in hosting a series of four workshops for private forest landowners in Western North Carolina.

“The ‘Woodland Steward Series: Mountains Program’ is designed to educate woodland owners and managers, especially those with 20 acres or less, on the basic principles of forest stewardship,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The workshop is being conducted by a team of land management experts from federal and state agencies, universities and the private sector.”

The series takes place between July 18 and Aug. 17 in the Asheville area. Each workshop will be led by natural resource and land management specialists and will feature hands-on activities in the field and instruction in the classroom. Introductory information on a wide variety of land management topics will be provided.

Following is the schedule:

  • “Discovering Your Land: Basic Land Management Skills,” Wednesday, July 18, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Cradle of Forestry in Brevard, and Thursday, July 19, 9 a.m.-noon at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville.
  • “Native Landscaping & Water Management,” Thursday, July 19, 1-4:30 p.m., and Friday, July 20, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the N.C. Arboretum.
  • “Woodscaping Your Woodlands & Firewise Management,” Wednesday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 16, 9 a.m.-noon at Bent Creek Experimental Forest in Asheville.
  • “Stewardship, Recreation & Liability,” Thursday, Aug. 16, 1-4:30 p.m. at Bent Creek, and Friday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Cradle of Forestry in Brevard.

Registration is $50 per participant per workshop and $25 for a spouse or other family member. Woodland owners and managers are encouraged to attend one or more of the workshops according to their interests.

The deadline for registration is one week prior to each workshop, and attendance in at least three of the four workshops is required to graduate. Credit toward N.C. Environmental Education Certification is available. Please inquire about other continuing education certification.

To learn more about the series or to register, contact Addie Thornton, course coordinator, at 919-515-9563 or by email to addie_thornton@ncsu.edu. Additional information is online at www.ncsu-feop.org/woodlandstewards.

The workshops are being hosted by the N.C. Forest Service, N.C. State University’s Forestry and Environmental Outreach Program, the Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, U.S. Forest Service, the Cradle of Forestry in America, the N.C. Arboretum and Bent Creek Experimental Forest.

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