Clarion Forest Landowner Conference Slated for February 18

forest-2-300x168CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Penn State Extension, in partnership with DCNR Bureau of Forestry, The Woodland Owners of the Clarion and Allegheny Valley, and the Clarion County Forest Stewardship Committee have announced the 2017 Clarion Forest Landowner Conference to be held on Saturday, February 18.

It will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Clarion University Grunenwald Science & Technology Center located along Greenville Avenue in Clarion.

The cost is $25.00 per person if registered by February 6. After that date, the price goes to $30.00 per person. Students can attend the conference for $10.00.

The fee includes lunch, refreshments, and door prizes. There will be door prizes given away at the end of the event.

Pre-registration is required and deadline to register is February 10.

Participants can register online here.

For people who do not have internet access or those who prefer to register by phone, please call the Forest County Extension office at 814-755-3544.

This year’s conference will have seven different sessions that will provide valuable information for Pennsylvania’s forest landowners.

Topics include: Benefits of Young Forests for Wildlife including a talk specifically about grouse and woodcock, Tips for a More Valuable & Profitable Family Forest, Successful Tree Planting, Decline of Black Cherry, Return of the American Chestnut, and Things to Know When Getting Your Land Surveyed.

Speakers include folks from DCNR Bureau of Forestry, PA Game Commission, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, American Chestnut Foundation, and more.

The complete agenda, registration details, and other information can be found here.

For those anticipating needing special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Scott Weikert at 814-755-3544 in advance of your visit.

About Pennsylvania’s Forest

Pennsylvania has nearly 17 million acres of forests covering 60 percent of the state’s land area.

The largest share of Pennsylvania’s forest is privately owned, accounting for more than 70 percent of the forested acres (12.5 million acres).

Estimates put the number of private forest owners at more than 600,000.

The decisions these owners make today will greatly affect all the benefits we receive from our forests now and in the future.

Pennsylvania’s forests support a forest products industry that is a key component of the state’s economy.

They also provide habitat for a diversity of plants and wildlife, serve as a place to recreate, and are a source of beauty. Our forests also help to purify the air we breathe and the water we drink.

The forests of Pennsylvania are a renewable resource. Please plan to attend this year’s conference to learn how you can properly manage your forest to ensure it provides continued benefits into the future.

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