Mississippi farmers and landowners have three opportunities to learn the costs and benefits of implementing sustainable woodland management practices during a Lunch and Learn program available through the Mississippi State University Extension Service.
Steps Toward Woodland Certification is a Mississippi State University Extension Service "Lunch and Learn" program. It is offered from noon to 1 p.m. via webinar on Feb. 21 and 26, or through interactive video on March 4.
There is no cost to attend, but preregistration is required.
Interested individuals may attend the Feb. 21 or 26 classes on any computer with an Internet connection by registering at techoutreach.msucares.com/webinars. Participants in the webinar sessions will receive a link via email a few days before the session to connect to the webinar.
Those who choose to attend the March 4 interactive video session should contact the local Extension office to register.
Woodland certification is a voluntary process that complements existing conservation practices. When implemented, the principles help landowners protect biodiversity, wildlife habitat for species at risk and water quality. Landowners also will learn about woodland stewardship planning and practices related to harvesting and regeneration.
"Woodland certification is becoming increasingly popular among landowners and forest products companies," said Jason Gordon, assistant Extension professor in the Department of Forestry at the MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center. "It assures buyers that timber was managed according to sustainable social, economic and environmental standards."
For more information, contact MSU Forestry Extension at 662-325-3150.