Forest Landowner Workshop

 

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Forest landowners are invited to register for a free workshop on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale, NY, 12529. Participants will learn about forest stewardship and how it can benefit wildlife and improve forest health. Presentations will cover topics ranging from the basics of forest management to the challenges landowners may face when managing their woodlots sustainably, such as problems with forest regeneration due to overabundant deer. Presentations will include best management practices to help landowners provide high-quality habitat for forest birds and other wildlife.

Participating landowners will also hear about available resources, tools and potential partners to help them better manage their forests to meet multiple goals. Presentations will be made by Audubon New York, NYS DEC, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties, Columbia Land Conservancy, and US Forest Service. The presentations will be followed by lunch and a visit to a forest stewardship demonstration site at Audubon New York’s Rheinstrom Hill Sanctuary. Here, attendees will have the opportunity to see active conservation efforts, view different forest habitats, including young forest, and visit an area fenced to exclude deer from browsing a regenerating forest. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars to view birds and other wildlife during the visit.

Please register by Monday, October 12th by emailing Suzanne Treyger at [email protected] or call (607) 254-2122. Arrive at8:30 a.m. for registration and refreshments. The workshop is from 9 am – noon, followed by lunch and a woods walk from noon – 2:30 pm. Free refreshments and lunch will be provided.