Virtual Conference for Region’s Forest Landowners Scheduled for Oct. 27-28, 2020

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Forest landowners in northeastern North Carolina have the opportunity in late October to learn strategies to increase family wealth and conserve forestland
and wildlife habitat. The North Carolina and Virginia Forest Landowner Conference will be held on Oct. 27 and 28, 2020.

The conference will be held as a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is free to the public. It is being organized by the Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Project, which is supported in part by Roanoke Electric Cooperative (REC), and by the Durham-based Black Family Land Trust. REC President and Chief Executive Officer Curtis Wynn is the conference’s keynote speaker

The conference will feature three 90-minute sessions as follows:

  • Financial Assistance. 6–7:30 p.m., October 27
    Landowners will receive information on state and federal services and programs available to forestland owners and farmers in the form of cost-share programs and technical assistance.
  • Taxation. 10–11:30 a.m., October 28
    Landowners will receive information about Present Use Valuation and other programs with tax implications, as well as the role that Forest Management Plans play with regard to the eligibility for these programs.
  • Economic Opportunities. 1–2:30 p.m., October 28
    Landowners will receive information about solar energy programs, recreational leasing and other ways to derive income from their property.

This conference is sponsored through a grant from the N.C. Forest Service Stewardship Program.

Register online

Forest landowners do not have to live in the region to participate. Phone charges and/or data rates may apply if participating via phone or over a mobile network.