MOUNT MORRIS — Landowners are invited to attend a workshop hosted by the Genesee Valley Conservancy to discuss hunting and agricultural land leases, forest management, black bears, hedgerows, wild game cuisine, and invasive species.
The event will take place on April 11th as the Conservancy teams up with the Livingston County Cornell Cooperative Extension to assist landowners in the Genesee Valley with a variety of land management topics they may be facing on their property.
“Hearing about new practices and sharing successes and failures is an important way for landowners in the Genesee Valley to improve stewardship of their land” said Benjamin Gajewski, Executive Director of the Genesee Valley Conservancy. “We are pleased to be working with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County on offering this programing.”
Genesee Valley Conservancy is a nationally accredited non-profit conservation organization that works to protect the habitat, working lands and open space in the Genesee River watershed. Founded in 1990, over 16,800 acres of natural habitat and productive farm and forest land have been conserved by Genesee Valley Conservancy.
A total of nine workshops are scheduled in three concurrent sessions. The workshops are organized into three tracts, although attendees can pick and choose any sessions they wish.
The first track focuses on forest owners with topics relating to silvaculture, the managing of forestland toward a particular goal. Cornell Extension forester Peter Smallidge, biologist Mike Palermo from NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, and private forester John Eisenhard will be the workshop presenters covering a broad range of forest owner considerations.
The second track has three speakers relating to outdoor sports. Catherine Sun from Cornell University will present on the black bear population in western New York, David Colligan a practicing attorney will discuss hunting leases for the sportsmen/women and landowners, and Extension Nutrition Leader Moira Tidball will present on preparing and consuming wild game.
The final tract this year includes a presentation on the value of hedgerows by Kristi Sullivan of Cornell University and emerging invasive species form Andrea Locke of the Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management.
The last workshop in this track is by attorney Steve Walker on the particulars of agricultural land leases and how farmers and landowners can develop a sustainable ag lease.
This workshop session can be attended as part of the workshops or individuals can attend this single 8:15-9:15 session for free. Seat reservations are requested due to room capacity limitations.
Registration for all workshops is required.
The Genesee Valley Landowner Workshops will be held at the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (BOCES) facility on Lackawanna Drive in Mount Morris on April 11, from 5:00 – 9:15 pm. The cost is $25 per person and includes dinner.
For details of each workshop offered and to register visit the Genesee Valley Conservancy website at www.geneseevalleyconserancy.org/events.
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