NC & VA Forest Landowner Conference

The Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Project and the Black Family Land Trust partnered to convene the North Carolina & Virginia Forest Landowner Conference in Weldon, N.C.

More than 150 people participated in the North Carolina & Virginia Forest Landowner Conference held July 18-19 at Halifax Community College. SFLRP Program Manager Alton Perry welcomes attendees, below. 

Ebonie Alexander, executive director of the Black Family Land Trust, discusses estate planning, above.

Landowner Wanda Campbell Clay describes the sharing of land retention lessons through outreach to churches, above.

Attendees learn about state and federal agency assistance from NC Forest Service Ranger Jim Short and Forester Jonathon Pearson, left, and Julius George, program specialist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, right.  

Key Takeaways
  • Make a family tree to provide clarity on potential heirs to your property.

  • Make a will to stipulate how your property is to be distributed after your death.

  • Visit your local office of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to get acquainted and discuss your vision for your land.

  • Contact your local county ranger or forester to maximize the benefits and sustainability of your land by developing a forest management plan.

  • Become involved in your community by attending forestry and land-related meetings and voicing your views, needs and value to state and federal lawmakers.

  • The use of a consulting forestry professional often can be justified by the increase in the value, potential and productivity of one’s forestland.

  • In many counties, the property tax savings from enrolling in North Carolina’s Present-Use Valuation program are substantial.

  • Certification of your forestland can increase its value in forest product markets.

Click these links to access the conference presentations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, the USDA Farm Service Agency, N.C. State University Extension Forestry and the Halifax County Tax Office.

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