PARIS — Forest management plans and funding assistance will be the focus of the Jan. 21 meeting of the Western Maine Chapter of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 118 at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School on Route 26. Speakers will cover the different types of management plans available to landowners as well as sources to help pay for them.

In the past, woodlot owners have relied on the Woods Wise program to help fund their forest management plans. More recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service has begun providing assistance to management plans.

Merle Ring, Maine Forest Service district forester, will talk about the management plans required for the Tree Growth program.

Andy Shultz, outreach forester for the Forest Service, will cover the Woods Wise program.

Peter Marcinuk of the Oxford County NRCS will talk about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and how woodland owners can qualify for management plan funding.

For more information, contact Merle Ring at 674-3787.


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