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#06-50 February 27, 2006

Forums brief landowners on conservation, assistance

The final two programs in the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ series called “Resources for Landowners: Using technical assistance and financial incentives to achieve conservation” will be held in Lee County Friday, March 3 and in Florence County Friday, March 10.

The forums are designed for landowners whose properties border the rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and wetlands of Sumter, Darlington, Lee and Florence counties.

The forums in Lee County will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 3 at the South Carolina Cotton Museum, 121 West Cedar Lane in Bishopville. In Florence, the forums will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday March 10 at Lynches River County Park, 1110 Ben Gause Road in Coward.
           
“The idea is to bring as many of the conservation resources available in the county as possible into one program, to benefit interested landowners, their property, and the ecosystem as a whole,” said Alison J.G. Krepp, project manager for the programs with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
           
For more information about these upcoming events in Lee and Florence counties, call Krepp at (843) 953-9335 in Charleston or send an e-mail to KreppA@dnr.sc.gov.

Forums in Sumter and Darlington counties were held in February. Speakers from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Clemson Extension, S.C. Forestry Commission, the Congaree Land Trust, the Pee Dee Land Trust and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control are scheduled to speak and answer questions during the two-hour forums.

The forums are funded by a federal grant program and are organized by DNR. “Resources for Landowners” forums are free and open to the public. Refreshments and resource materials will be provided.

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