More than 80 landowners and forest management professionals attended the Georgia Tree Farm Field Day on May 27 in Jacksonville, Ga.
The Georgia Tree Farm Program in collaboration with the Georgia Forestry Association, the Georgia Forestry Commission and the Georgia SFI State Implementation Committee sponsored the field day event, which was held at Walker Tree Farm, the home of the 2014 Georgia Tree Farmer of the Year Henry Walker.
“This was an excellent opportunity for landowners to engage with forest professionals and learn best practices to take home and apply to their timberland,” Georgia Tree Farm Program Chair Phillip Exley said. “The Georgia Tree Farm Program will host this event annually across the state as we promote sustainable forestry among family forest owners.”
In addition to touring the 852-acre farm, attendees gained a diverse knowledge of the tools available to Georgia landowners such as cost share programs, NRCS programs, estate planning and taxes, wood markets and trends, the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Waters of the United States” Proposed Rule, food plot management and road maintenance.
“It is critical that Georgia’s Tree Farm owners and forestry management professionals stay up to date on the latest in forest management and the issues affecting their land,” GFA President Steve McWilliams said. “I appreciate the efforts of the Georgia Tree Farm Program and our partners in putting on this event.”
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