The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Small Farm Program will host a Keeping it in the Family (KIITF) Sustainable Forestry and African-American Land Retention (SFLR) meeting.


The event for woodland owners will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at the United Pentecostal Church at Arkadelphia. The meeting will begin with lunch, according to a news release.


Sponsored by the UAPB Small Farm Program, the meeting’s purpose is to inform landowners of available forestry services so they can manage and improve their forestland.


“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, according to the release.


The project is funded through a special grant from the U.S. Forestry Service, the Arkansas Forestry Division and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Others partnering with the UAPB Small Farm Program include the Arkansas Forestry Commission, the Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.


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


Because the Nov. 18 event is a luncheon meeting, pre-registration is requested. If participants have special needs or want to pre-register, they should call Kandi Williams at 870-571-9428, or the UAPB Small Farm Program at 870-575-7225, or email leek@uapb.edu.