The Great I Am Temple at Monticello will host a meeting for woodland owners sponsored by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Small Farm Program.


The Keeping it in the Family (KIITF) Sustainable Forestry and African-American Land Retention (SFLR) program will be held Monday, July 22. The event will begin with lunch at noon and end at 2 p.m., according to a news release.


The meeting’s purpose is to inform landowners of available forestry services so they can manage and improve their forestland. Information on obtaining free forestry management plans and financial assistance to implement plans will be available. Other topics include heir property, managing forestlands, forestry vendors and forestry consultants, according to the release.


Even though the forestland owners may not live where their forestland is located, they may still be interested in attending and hearing about keeping the land in their families and/or maximizing profits from its ownership, according to a spokesman.


The SFLR program is part of the KIITF forest conservation model which is a collaboration of federal, state, local, private and community-based organization to help keep private forestlands in families.


The project is funded through a special grant from the U.S. Forestry Endowment Inc., the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Forest Service.


Because this is a luncheon meeting, pre-registration is requested. If participants have special needs or wish to be included in the meal count, they should call the UAPB Small Farm Program at 870-575-7225 or email leek@uapb.edu.


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