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SMETHPORT — Local conservation districts are holding a day-long workshop from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum.

The workshop, sponsored by conservation districts of Cameron, Elk, McKean, Potter, Tioga, and Warren counties, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Penn State Extension, and the PA Lumber Museum, is for foresters, loggers, logging contractors, and private landowners.

The workshop includes an afternoon field session to examine erosion prevention and control on a logging site. Participants should be dressed to spend several hours outdoors, rain or shine. The training is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, which is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The workshop will cover erosion & sedimentation guidelines, best management practices for timber operations and harvests, practical information for planning the timber harvest and considerations during & after the harvest, and on-site field work in Timber Harvest Planning and Layout. Professional credits are available for Continuing Education (PA Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Society of American Foresters (pending); SFI credits require an additional $20 fee). Workshop cost is $15 per person, which includes materials, refreshments, and lunch. Please pre-register for the course no later than Oct. 1 by contacting the Potter County Conservation District at 814-274-8411 ext. 4 or email Glenn Dunn II at g.dunnii@pottercd.com

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