Seminar for Landowners on Wildlife Mgmt Practices
Posted on 07/08/2015
Media Contacts:  Mary Beth Adler, 802-885-8836; Dave Adams, 802-324-6529

Seminar for Landowners on New Forestry, Wildlife Mgmt Practices August 8

HARTLAND, Vt. – A free seminar for landowners entitled "Managing your land for wildlife and forestry, a guide to U.S.D.A. Farm Bill Programs" will be offered on Saturday, August 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cobb Hill Cohousing Community Room at the Hartland Four Corners.

The seminar is offered by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, and the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Staff from all three agencies will provide participants with an understanding of forestry and wildlife practices related to Farm Bill programs available to landowners.  They will review the process of developing a forest management plan, controlling invasive species, and enhancing food and cover sources for wildlife, as well as funding sources that are offered through U.S.D.A. for this work. 

"With more than 80 percent of Vermont's land in private hands, landowners can do much to promote sustainable forestry practices and improve habitat for wildlife," said Mary Beth Adler, wildlife habitat technician for Vermont Fish & Wildlife.  "The programs we will highlight can give landowners the funding and skills they need to improve the health of their forests and provide food and cover for wildlife."

The morning will be spent on presentations and discussion.  The group will head out after lunch for a field trip to see management practices in action on the Cobb Hill lands, which have been enrolled in Farm Bill programs for several years.  The walk will highlight wildlife habitat and forest management practices that have been completed and others that are in progress.  

Participants are encouraged to preregister at by emailing Mary Beth Adler at marybeth.adler@state.vt.us or call 802-885-8836. They should plan to bring a lunch, a water bottle, and to dress appropriately for the weather and to guard against ticks.  

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Photo Caption: A seminar for landowners in Hartland will discuss improving land for wildlife and forestry through the federal Farm Bill.