Register Now for ForestHer Workshop on Managing for Wildlife

Posted On February 6, 2020— Written By

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Group interaction from a ForestHer Workshop in Pittsboro. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Women landowners and natural resource professionals interested in learning more about management and conservation of private lands are invited to attend one of three ForestHer NC workshops to be held across the state in March. This is the third in a series of workshops. The focus on these March workshops will be Managing for Wildlife.

The workshops will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and cost $25 per person. Pre-registration is required. Registration includes lunch and handouts.

Note to natural resource professionals: this workshop has been approved for continuing education credits (CFE, EE, and TWS). For details contact foresthernc@gmail.com or call 919-917-8646.

Workshops will be held on the following dates/locations:

March 12, 2020
Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center
1192 US 64 W Business
Pittsboro, NC
Registration deadline Feb. 27*
Register online

March 19, 2020
N.C. Cooperative Extension, Lenoir County Center
1791 Hwy 11/55
Kinston, NC
Registration deadline March 5*
Register online

March 26, 2020
McDowell Technical Community College
154 College Drive
Marion, NC
Registration deadline March 12*
Register online

*These workshops often fill up before the deadline so register early to ensure your spot.

Note: this is the same workshop repeated in three locations to make it convenient for participants. Select the location and/or date that works for you.

Managing for Wildlife topics will include:

  • Invasive Plants and Their Impact on Wildlife
  • Identifying Birds by Sight and Sound
  • Native Landscaping for Wildlife
  • Managing Your Woods and Fields for Wildlife
  • Human-Wildlife Interactions

To register by mail, contact us at foresthernc@gmail.com or call 919-917-8646.

ForestHer NC is a new initiative created by conservation organizations in North Carolina to provide women who are forest landowners with tools and training to help them manage their lands and become more engaged in forest stewardship.

According to the Women Owning Woodlands network and data published in the National Woodland Owners Survey, “the percentage of family forest ownerships where a woman is the primary decision maker doubled from 2006 to 2013. These women make decisions for 44 million acres of America’s family forest land.” In North Carolina, 65 percent of private forestland is jointly owned by women, yet statistics indicate that women are significantly less likely to attend conventional landowner programs and participate in management activities.

“Research shows women are starting to have a greater influence on private lands management, which reinforces the need for us to develop a program specifically designed to appeal to women and engage them in conservation practices,” said Kelly Douglass, a wildlife biologist with the USDA Wildlife Services. “We hope this program will foster a sense of community among participants, provide them with an opportunity to learn from others in a positive, encouraging environment, and ultimately help them reach their conservation goals.”

ForestHer NC is sponsored by conservation organizations including the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, U.S Forest Service, N.C. Tree Farm Program, N.C. Forest Service, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Audubon North Carolina, USDA Wildlife Services, Wild Turkey Federation, and the Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Project.