A Keeping it in the Family Sustainable Forestry (KIITF) Outreach meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Cothran Chapel Church at Prescott. The focus will be on heirs' property issues and sustainable forestland management practices.
Sponsored by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff's Small Farm Program, the meeting is aimed at KIITF historically underserved forestland owners and youths. Other interested parties may also attend.
Henry English, director of the UAPB Small Farm Program, will give an overview of KIITF. Amy Pritchard, a lawyer and visiting assistant professor, will discuss the process of resolving heirs' property issues, a main cause of forestland loss, according to a news release.
Joe Friend, UAPB forester, and John Beasley, Arkansas Forestry Commission forester serving Hempstead County, will discuss using sustainable forestland management practices to increase the value and quality of a timber stand.
The discussion will also include using the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) to help pay (up to 90 percent of the average cost) for the installation of sustainable management practices to improve forestland.
The KIITF forestry conservation model program is a collaboration of federal, state, local, private and community-based organizations to help keep private forestland in families.
Dinner will be served shortly after 5:30 p.m. and pre-registration is requested. Participants with special needs or who wish to be included in the meal count, should contact Kandi Williams, Sustainable Forestry and KIITF outreach coordinator, at 903-306-8663 or email@example.com.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers all of its Extension and Research programs and services without discrimination.