‘Knowing your land’ workshop

Published 9:59 pm Tuesday, August 18, 2009

“Knowing Your Land” is important for any landowner, but it is especially important for women who unexpectedly have the responsibility of having to manage forestland.

With those women, and all women, in mind, the Pike County TREASURE Forest Association sponsors an annual forestland management workshop.

This year’s workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21 in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church in Troy.

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The fee for the workshop is $10 and includes lunch. Reservations may be made by calling 566-1213 by noon on Thursday, Aug. 20.

“The ‘Knowing Your Land’ workshop is not just for women forest landowners, it’s for any and all interested landowners,” said Claire Murphy, president of the Pike County TREASURE Forest Association. “This is our fourth women landowners workshop and all have been very informative and beneficial. This year we have topics that will be of interest to all landowners.”

Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. with the first workshop beginning at 9 a.m.

“Linda Casey will present ‘A Message from Alabama’s State Forester’ at the first workshop and will talk about what’s going on in forestry today,” Murphy said. “She will make participants aware of the money that is available for the eradication of cogongrass and she will talk about the future of forestry. Linda is the director of the state forestry commission and is very knowledgeable about all areas of forestry. Following her presentation, there will be a question and answer period.”

Teresa Pagliona will conduct the 10 a.m. workshop, “Seek and Find – Archeological Surprises.”

“This workshop will be especially helpful in identifying objects that are found while working land,” Murphy said. “Many times, something of value or historical significance is found but discarded because no one recognizes it as such.”

Randall Thompson will conduct the “When/Why to Use a Land Management Consultant” workshop at 11 a.m.

Thompson will discuss leasing land for hunting and timber harvesting and how a land management consultant can be of benefit to landowners.

Following lunch, Hilda Thomas will present the popular presentation, “My Story of the Land.”

“Hilda will talk about her land management plan and what landowners can do to manage their land so that it will be beneficial to future generations,” Murphy said.

The cost of the “Knowing Your Land” workshop is minimal and the value is priceless. To register, call Murphy at 566-1213 or contact her by e-mail at hclairemurphy@aol.com.