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Free workshop aims to help Georgians reduce land loss

Date Published: 03/25/14 12:59PM

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Local residents looking for advice about wills, estate planning and forestry management can find this information and more through a free upcoming workshop.

On April 17, Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Extension Program will offer residents the Landowner Initiative for Forestry Education (L.I.F.E) workshop. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. at Young’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 710 Shirley Ave. in Douglas.

The L.I.F.E. workshop is an educational outreach service developed by FVSU’s Cooperative Extension Program. Its purpose is to reduce land loss in Georgia’s black belt counties. It also aims to instruct small and limited resource farmers how to make forest and farmland more profitable and manageable.

Interested persons are encouraged to pre-register by April 15. Onsite registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Keishon Thomas, FVSU’s housing specialist, explained why L.I.F.E. is important for landowners. “As the population continues to age, we must address transition planning to protect future generations,” Thomas said.

Some of the workshop topics include will and estate planning, timber management and cost share programs. The LIFE workshop is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

To pre-register, contact Kendra McNeal at 478-825-6580 or send an email to fvsulife@fvsu.edu