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Press Release

Managing Longleaf Pine Ecosystems for Wildlife & Diversity Workshops – Registration Open for Three Workshop Dates

January 24, 2008

CONTACT: Traci D. George
334-353-0503
 
Longleaf forests are known for their ability to produce quality lumber and highly valued poles and land managers and foresters have learned to manage stands for those values. It has only been in the past decade or so that the ability of longleaf ecosystems to produce other equally valuable resources has been understood and appreciated. Longleaf forests can provide wonderful recreational opportunities, great wildlife habitat, beautiful wildflowers, rich biodiversity, homes for species unique to the ecosystem, and accessible, visually pleasing landscapes. To realize the full potential of these forests, however, requires purposeful management decisions by knowledgeable managers.
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division’s (WFF) Landowner Incentive Program is partnering with The Longleaf Alliance to present three, one-day workshops in Alabama. These workshops will provide instruction in the best available techniques to achieve these goals without surrendering the economic value of the forest.
 
The courses will include both classroom and field instruction by some of the best practitioners in the region. Landowners, land managers, and other interested individuals are invited to attend. There is a $10 registration fee. Lunch and transportation to the field site will be provided. Registration for all three workshops will begin promptly at 8 a.m.
 
Workshop Logistics Include:
·         February 8 – Autauga County Agriculture Center
·         February 22 – Solon Dixon Forestry Center near Andalusia
·         March 14 – Wehle Nature Center in Midway
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.