Woodland and Farm Owner Field Tour: Conservation Cost-Share Programs
PRINCESS ANNE, MD - Do you own a farm or a piece of woodland that could benefit from conservation or wildlife practices, but the potential costs seem prohibitive? On Saturday, May 9, Maryland Cooperative Extension is hosting the Woodland and Farm Owner Field Tour to educate woodland owners and farmers about forest resource management and conservation programs available from state and government agencies.
Through an educational site tour, participants will learn first-hand about cost-share programs that can help pay for projects to improve their land. The tour will begin at the Powellville Fire Hall and visit three sites in Wicomico and Worcester counties. Tour stops will address the various programs available, such as the Woodland Incentives Program, the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, the Wetlands Reserve Program and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program, as well as others. Representatives from the Maryland Department of Forestry, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Farm Service Agency and the Maryland Cooperative Extension will discuss strategies and approaches associated with these programs such as woodland management, reforestation and thinning, water quality control, quail field buffer planting, wildlife habitat management and other conservation practices.
Berran Rogers of Maryland Cooperative Extension explains, "The 2008 Farm Bill has provided incentives to help landowners establish long-term conservation and wildlife practices, and participants will learn how to benefit from some of these programs."
Participants can arrive at UMES at 8:45 a.m. for bus transportation to Powellville Fire Hall, or participants can arrive at the Powellville Fire Hall at 9:30 a.m. The cost of the field tour is $5 and includes lunch, informational handouts and transportation. Please dress comfortably for the outdoor tour.
For more information, contact Maryland Cooperative Extension at 410- 651-6206. Pre-register online at www.umes.edu/1890-mce. Come out and see how you can benefit from these featured programs.
Courtney Harned, Ag Communications, UMES, 410-621-3850, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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