Learn to manage land for wildlife habitat and forest health

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ESSEX JUNCTION — Vermonters interested in learning about available funding and practical techniques for managing their woodlot to improve wildlife habitat and forest health are invited to attend a workshop being held in Essex Junction on Saturday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will begin in the Vermont Department Fish and Wildlife District Office at 111 West Street in Essex Junction and will move to a local outdoor site in the afternoon.

This workshop will provide guidance on applying for funding from Natural Resources Conservation Service cost-sharing programs—specifically the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)—for landowners and foresters. These programs can be extremely helpful for landowners looking to improve wildlife habitat opportunities on their property, treat invasive exotic plants, engage in pre-commercial timber stand improvement work and repair unstable forestry infrastructure. However, the process of applying for funding and implementing funded projects can sometimes be challenging for landowners and their consultants to navigate.

The workshop will de-mystify these programs and give landowners and foresters the tools required to access these amazing resources. Participants will engage is a morning "classroom" session and an afternoon of visiting implemented EQIP projects in the field.

This free workshop is co-sponsored by the Chittenden County Forester, Vermont Woodlands Association, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Audubon Vermont and Vermont Coverts. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Chittenden County Forester Ethan Tapper at ethan.tapper@vermont.gov or 802-585-9099 for more information, or to register for the event.

This workshop has been assigned 4.5 Category 1 CFE Credits for licensed foresters.

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