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January 16, 2007

Sign up now for forestry correspondence course



Registrations are being accepted for the spring semester of the General Forestry Correspondence Course, which runs from Feb. 1 to May 20.

Work from the comfort of your home, using your own woodlot, a friend's or a public forest while learning the basics of forestry, forest ecology and forest health in this non-credit course.

Ultimately, the course exercises help you develop a management plan for your forest.

As part of the $300 registration fee, you receive a course text notebook, separate appendices packed with resources, plus additional supplemental readings. A certificate is awarded when all assignments are completed.

For more information, write to Nancy Stewart at the Wye Research and Education Center, University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, P.O. Box 169, Queenstown, MD 21658; call her at 1-410-827-8056, ext. 112; or e-mail nstewar1@umd.edu

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For more information, see www.naturalresources.umd.edu on the Web.




Program offers incentives for conservation activities



HARRISBURG - The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is taking applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program that provides producers with incentive payments for conservation activities that help limit soil erosion, improve water and air quality, and protect wildlife habitat.

New to EQIP this year is the Winter Cover Crop Program and Nutrient Management-Use Efficiency Program. The cover crop program offers an annual incentive payment on eligible acres at $20 per acre a year, up to 100 acres per year for up to three years.

Producers engaged in livestock or agricultural production are eligible for EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland, pasture, private non-industrial forest land, and other farm or ranch lands.

Those interested in entering into a cost-share agreement for EQIP assistance should apply by Feb. 2.

This might be the last funding opportunity in 2007, the agency said.

For more information about the program, visit www.pa.nrcs.usda.gov, or contact your local USDA Service Center.

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