WATKINS GLEN — Owners of forests and woodlots often seek ways to learn effective, safe and profitable management techniques for their property and look for strategies to reduce their tax liability. Others who enjoy, but don't own forest land, are also interested in forest management and ecology.Now, forest enthusiasts can learn about ecological and sustainable forest management practices through the ForestConnect 2007 Letter Series, delivered to their door or computer. The series will provide unbiased, non-commercial and accurate information about how to manage private forest lands for wildlife habitat, firewood, timber, recreation and more.The ForestConnect letter series will include six eight-page bulletins that provide fact-filled information on how to more fully enjoy the benefits that your forest land can provide. Enrollees in the letter series will receive one bulletin every three weeks during the spring and summer and can join one of several educational walking tours in early fall.Each of the bulletins in the letter series will build upon the previous issue, so recipients will move from the basics of forestry to more advanced knowledge of silviculture and forest stewardship. The letters will be developed by professionals in the field, such as foresters, conservationists or extension educators.The 2007 ForestConnect Letter Series is designed for forest owners and forest enthusiasts from throughout New York State. This educational program is based on an award-winning project developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County and the Greater Adirondack Resource Conservation and Development Council. Funding is provided through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry.The 2007 ForestConnect letter series is a joint initiative of Cornell University Cooperative Extension and the New York Forest Owners Association.Register by calling (800) 836-3566, or on-line at www.ForestConnect.info or www.NYFOA.org. The registration is $18 for members of the New York Forest Owners Association and $25 for non-members. The deadline to register is May 10.
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