Forestry ed letter series for landowners announced

Owners of forests and woodlots often seek ways to learn effective, safe, and profitable management techniques for their property and look for strategies to reduce their tax liability. Others who enjoy, but don't own forestland, are also interested in forest management and ecology.

Now, forest enthusiasts can learn about ecological and sustainable forest management practices through the ForestConnect letter series, delivered to their door or computer. The series will provide unbiased, non-commercial and accurate information about how to manage private forest lands for wildlife habitat, firewood, timber, recreation and more.

The ForestConnect letter series will include six, eight-page bulletins that provide fact-filled information on how to more fully enjoy the benefits that your forest land can provide. Enrollees in the letter series will receive one bulletin every three weeks during the spring and summer; and can join one of several educational walking tours in early fall.

Each of the bulletins in the letter series will build upon the previous issue, so you will move from the basics of forestry to more advanced knowledge of silviculture and forest stewardship. The letters will be developed by a professional in the field, such as foresters, conservationists or extension educators.

This year's ForestConnect Letter Series is designed for forest owners and forest enthusiasts throughout the state.

This educational program is based on an award-winning project developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County and the Greater Adirondack Resource Conservation and Development Council. Funding is provided through the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry.

The 2007 ForestConnect letter series is a joint initiative of Cornell University Cooperative Extension and the New York Forest Owners Association.

Register by calling (800) 836-3566, or on-line at www.ForestConnect.info or NYFOA.org. The registration is $18 for members of the NY Forest Owners Association and $25 for non-members. Deadline to register is May 1

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