Forest landowner conference Feb. 22

CLARION 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 is pleased to announce the 2020 Clarion Forest Landowner Conference.

The conference is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Clarion University Grunenwald Science and Technology Center located along Greenville Avenue in Clarion.

The cost is $25 per person if registered by Feb. 7. After that date, the price will raise to $30 per person. Students can attend the conference for $10. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The fee includes lunch, refreshments, and door prizes.

Pre-registration is required and deadline to register is Feb. 13.

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.That's approximately 1 in 8 households.

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.

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

Topics include: landowner liability, producing maple syrup, reading the history of your forest, carbon credits, elk in Pennsylvania, establishing pollinator habitat, specialty crops from your forest, cutting timber on private lands, and ways to manage runoff from your yard.

Speakers include folks from Penn State University, Penn State Extension, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, The Nature Conservancy, Pennsylvania Game Commission, and others.

Participants can register online by going to the following website: https://extension.psu.edu/forest-landowner-conference.

The complete agenda, registration details, and other information can be found at the website.

For people who do not have internet access or those who prefer to register by phone, please call (877) 345-0691. The final deadline to register is Feb. 13.

Penn State encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.

If you anticipate needing special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Scott Weikert at (814) 755-3544 in advance of your visit.

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