Root Cause has been busy trying to find ways to assist local woodland owners that are interested in sustainable forestry, land conservation and land management. I ran across these two items that might be of interest.
Locally, The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) is hosting a workshop on Thursday, October 4, 2012 called “Conservation Options Workshop for Forest and Farmland Owners.” The free workshop will cover topics including land management and conservation options, and working forests and farms, including conservation easement agreements. For more information about this workshop, visit the event page on the SAHC website. Encouraging landowners to conserve, and utilize, their forested parcel is at the heart of Root Cause.
Nationally, check out Dovetail, an organization in Minnesota that provides authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including land consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives. They have a great new resource, the Family Forest Owner Toolbox with resources to explore emerging markets for woodland owners. They developed this toolbox of resources to support landowners who want to enhance forest management and/or get involved with “emerging markets,” such as bioenergy, certified products, and green building. Whether you own woodlands for lifestyle or recreational reasons or for financial gain, tapping new opportunities may be a way for you to maintain your land the way you want and secure its future.
I’m interested in connecting with people and businesses in WNC who share interests in sustainable forestry, building green, land conservation and land management. Please let me know if that’s you!