The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host at a Keeping it in the Family Sustainable Forestry Meeting Thursday, July 6, at the New Olive Branch Baptist Church at El Dorado.


Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. followed by an informational meeting on assistance available for forest management and heir property issues through the KIITF program. Among the presenters is Joe Friend, UAPB forester.


“Because this is a dinner meeting, pre-registration is requested,” a spokeswoman said in a news release.


To request assitance for special needs or to be included in the meal count, contact Kandi Williams, Sustainable Forestry and African-American Land Retention outreach coordinator, at 903-306-8663 or klwilliams4@yahoo.com; or Kellye Luckett at 870-575-7226.


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.


“In 1920 African American farmers owned 15.6 million acres of land nationally; by 2012, the acreage had shrunk to only 4.6 million acres,” said Henry English, director of the Small Farm Program at UAPB.


The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers all of its Extension and Research programs and services without discrimination.