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February 1, 2006

Landowners forum about conservation ideas, assistance

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will host another in a series of programs on February 10 in Darlington called Resources for Landowners: Using technical assistance and financial incentives to achieve conservation. The programs will be given this February and March.           

The forums are designed for landowners whose properties border the rivers, streams, and wetlands of Sumter, Darlington, Lee and Florence Counties. The forums are funded by a federal grant program and are organized by S.C. Department of Natural Resources.           

Please contact the Project Manager, Alison J.G. Krepp, at (843) 953-9335 or KreppA@dnr.sc.gov if you would like more information about these upcoming events in Sumter, Darlington, Lee, and Florence counties.           

The next Resources for Landowners Forum will be held in Darlington on February 10 from 9:30 a.m. toLynches River 11:30 a.m. and again from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Mozingo Building at 300 Russell Street. The forum is free and open to the public. Refreshments and resource materials will be provided.  Resources for Landowners Forums in Lee and Florence counties will be held the first and second Friday of March.

The next Resources for Landowners Forums will be held in Bishopville at the South Carolina Cotton Museum at 121 West Cedar Lane on March 3 and at Lynches River County Park at 1110 Ben Gause Road in Coward on March 10.

"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 Krepp, the project manager for the grant-funded programs.  A variety of speakers are scheduled to speak and answer questions during the 2-hour forum including: the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Clemson Extension, the Pee Dee Land Trust, Black Creek Land Trust, the Department of Health and Environmental Control, as well as the Department of Natural Resources, who organized the event.

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