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January 24, 2013

Forest Owners Association to offer workshops

The New York Forest Owners Association has announced free workshops designed to help New York landowners to get the most out of their woodlots, according to a media release from the association.

Fifteen free programs to help owners realize greater benefits from their woodlands are scheduled for the 2013 Farm Show in Syracuse from Feb. 21 to 23. 

According to the release, landowners have a wide range of interests in their woods: peace and quiet, wildlife, wood products, recreation, future timber, and a family legacy, to name a few. Whatever the objectives, a greater understanding can help achieve a greater value from woodlands.

Each year at the New York Farm Show, free forestry programs are presented by NYFOA with Cornell Cooperative Extension, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, with support from others including the New York Farm Bureau, Audubon New York, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service of the USDA.

Visitors to the Farm Show are invited to meet with experts and ask questions. Speakers are knowledgeable in forest and rural land subjects and come from university, government, private industry, and volunteer organizations. Free materials are available.

Programs are held in the Somerset Room on the lower level of the Arts and Home Building at theState Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Programs start on the hour and allow time for questions and discussion.Reservations are not needed. 

For more about the NYFOA or the farm show programs, visit the website at

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