South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2004
Department of Natural Resources - DNR News (803) 734-3950

WORKSHOPS TO HELP FARMERS PROVIDE VALUABLE HABITAT FOR SOUTH CAROLINA’S WILDLIFE AS WELL AS EARN AN INCOME

(COLUMBIA, SC) - The South Carolina Wildlife Federation and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are teaming up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reach out to private landowners in a series of workshops on conservation programs in the 2002 Farm Bill. The workshops, funded by the South Carolina Farm Bureau, are from 6:30-8 p.m. at the following locations:

Feb.10, 2004 - Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, 3250 St. Matthews Road, NE (Highway 601, Exit 145), Orangeburg (Parking Lot #4, Building M, Room 1512)

Feb. 12, 2004 - Pee Dee Research and Education Center, 2200 Pocket Road, Florence (Exit 169 off I-95, northwest to Pocket Road, turn left on Pocket Road, go through gate, stay to the right, continue around by woods and up to front entrance ramp, Room 282)

Feb. 17, 2004 - F.E. DuBose Career Center of Central Carolina Technical College, 3351 Sumter Highway (Hwy 521), Manning (auditorium)

Judy Barnes, Certified Wildlife Biologist and Farm Bill/Ag Liaison, Small Game Project, DNR, will be presenting an overview of the vast array of conservation programs that benefit wildlife while providing substantial income supplements. Farmers and land managers are encouraged to attend and learn how they can voluntarily retire marginal cropland to create wildlife habitat, install innovative conservation practices and gain financially for their efforts.

Representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, and SC Forestry Commission and others will be on hand to answer questions and give guidance to landowners interested in signing up for the widely expanded conservation programs.

For more information and to register for these workshops, contact Angela Viney with the South Carolina Wildlife Federation in Columbia at (803) 256-0670, angela@scwf.org; or Judy Barnes with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources in Columbia at (803) 734-4306, jbarnes@scdnr.state.sc.us. Registering will assist in the planning for refreshments and seating.

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