The Aitkin County Private Woodlands Committee (ACPWC) has announced an opportunity for private landowners to learn more about forests and ways they can manage them to help achieve their goals.

“Taking a new look at my land” will take place Saturday, Dec. 7 at the McGregor Community Center. This event seeks to help landowners better understand their property and how it fits into the landscape by connecting them to resources and providing education and motivation to take action.

The cost for this event is $20, which includes lunch, tour transportation and materials. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the workshop should conclude by 4:30 p.m.

Eric Otto, DNR Forest Health Specialist, along with additional speakers on wildlife habitat (and resources available to private landowners), will speak in the morning. In the afternoon, see how local landowners are managing their woodlands to benefit: timber, wildlife, water and recreation. The tour will end back in McGregor with a visit to the local sawmill, Savanna Pallets.

Pre-registration is required. Contact Dennis Thompson at 218-927-7364 or Troy Holcomb at 218-429-3025 for more information and to register. Most of the afternoon will be spent outdoors, so please dress accordingly.

The ACPWC is a non-profit group of local foresters, landowners and biologists formed in 1985 with the objective of educating and empowering the woodland owners of Aitkin County. Their long term goal is to bring about better levels of forest management on non-industrial private woodlands in our county.

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