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Forest health and fiscally sound forestry workshop

By Glenn E. Woolard
Posted Friday, January 19, 2007

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Pittsboro, NC - A Forest Health and Fiscally Sound Forestry Workshop will be held on Thursday, February 15, at 7:00 pm. It will be held in the auditorium downstairs in the County Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. The workshop is being conducted by the Chatham County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and Extension Forestry at North Carolina State University.

The workshop will have two parts. Part one will be on current forest health issues for Chatham County forests. Part two will be on fiscally sound forestry. Each part will last about 45 minutes.

Dr. Dennis Hazel, Extension Forestry Specialist, at North Carolina State University; will give the presentations.

Part One --Whether a forest landowner is interested in producing income from the sale of timber on his or her forest land or whether they want to simply enjoy its beauty, wildlife, and other amenities, they should be concerned with the health of their forests. A host of native insect and diseases affect our forests. In recent years, introduced pests and disease and invasive exotic plants have especially impacted our forests or they are threatening to impact them. However, there is good news! There are many specific actions that a forest landowner can take to simultaneously improve the vigor of their forests while minimizing the risks from these and other agents. Some actions are as simple as regular monitoring while others involve management actions. This program will provide an overview of current risks to the health of our forests and measures that landowners can take to reduce risks and potential impacts.

Part Two ---Profitability of investments in forestry by private forest landowners is a function of many factors including productivity of their specific soils, stand conditions of their stands, current local markets, and taxation of land and forestry revenues. Understanding the potential of forests to produce a return on monies invested in managing a forest requires an understanding of these factors, as well as a general understanding of how investments in forestry can serve as part of an investment strategy. This program will look at many of these factors for the current and expected future markets for Chatham County. Several typical scenarios will be presented.

The registration fee is $5.00. This includes the workshop materials, advertising, and refreshments. Participants may pay in advance or at the door. Please call Cooperative Extension at (919) 542-8202 to pre-register. This will insure that we have enough snacks and workshop materials. Make checks payable to: Chatham County Cooperative Extension. Mail to: Cooperative Extension, PO Box 279, Pittsboro, NC 27312-0279.

You can also register at the Chatham County Extension Center at the County Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more details, call Glenn Woolard, County Extension Director, at (919) 542-8202.

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