Those who wonder if the woods on their property are healthy may find out at the Women Owning Woodlands conference.

The event will be held Thursday and Friday, March 8-9, at Lake DeGray State Park at Bismarck.

“If you’ve had questions about the health of your woodland property and how it might benefit you, your heirs and the environment, this is the conference for you,” said Tamara Walkingstick, associate director of the Arkansas Forest Resources Center. The center is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

“Most people think of their woods as being self-managing, but you can play a significant role in keeping it healthy and possibly make it a financial benefit to you and your family,” Walkingstick said.

The agenda for the conference includes: Certification: what is it and why it matters? What is a healthy forest? Walk in the woods with state park interpreter; forest threats; government cost share programs available/Farm Bill update; and a tour of Ross Foundation site to learn about oak restoration and resiliency.

WOW 2018 is a program of the Cooperative Extension Service, part of the U of A System Division of Agriculture.

The $35 fee covers conference materials. Register by Feb. 29 and lodging is free. It is open to all. Register online at: or

Details: TamaraWalkingstick at or for information about forestry visit or a county extension office.