The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Small Farm Program will host a meeting for woodland owners from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at St. Vestal CME Church at El Dorado.


The Keeping it in the Family (KIITF) Sustainable Forestry and African-American Land Retention (SFLR) meeting will begin with lunch.


The meeting’s purpose is to inform landowners of available forestry services so they can manage and improve their forestland, according to a news release.


“Although the meeting is aimed at woodland owners, all interested landowners are welcome and encouraged to attend,” said Henry English, director of the UAPB Small Farm Program.


Information on obtaining free forestry management plans and financial assistance to implement plans will be available. Other topics will include heir property, managing forestlands, forestry vendors and forestry consultants.


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. Others partnering with the UAPB Small Farm Program on this project include the Arkansas Forestry Commission, the Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law and the Association of Conservation Districts.


Because this is a luncheon meeting, pre-registration is requested. If participants have special needs to attend or want to be included in the meal count, they should call Charlie Williams at 870-866-7283 or the UAPB Small Farm Program at 870-575-7225 or email leek@uapb.edu.


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