A Keeping it in the Family (KIITF) Sustainable Forestry and African-American Land Retention (SFLR) program meeting for woodland owners will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The session will be held at the Providence Missionary Baptist Church at Hope. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner, according to a news release.

Sponsored by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Small Farm Program, the meeting will inform landowners of available forestry services so they can manage and improve their forestland, an expert said.

“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.

Participants will receive information on obtaining free forestry management plans and financial assistance to implement plans. Other topics to be discussed 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 organizations to help keep private forestlands in families, according to the release.

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, the Association of Conservation Districts and the Silas H. Hunt Community Development Corporation.

Because this is a dinner meeting, pre-registration is requested. To pre-register, or to request assistance for those with special needs, call Kandi Williams at 870-571-9428 or the 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.