The Delaware Forest Service will hold a series of information sessions throughout the state in November to educate forest landowners about the benefits of having a written forest management plan for their woodlands.


Because a large percentage of Delaware’s 360,000-plus acres of forestland is controlled by private landowners, the Delaware Forest Service will hold a series of information sessions throughout the state in November to educate forest landowners about the benefits of having a written forest management plan for their woodlands.

The free sessions – which include complementary dinner or lunch – will be held at the following dates and times:

6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, at Felton Community Fire Company Hall, 9 E. Main St. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Harrington Fire Hall, 20 Clark St. 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, at University of Delaware Carvel Research Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Heritage Shores Golf & Country Club, 1 Heritage Shore Circle, Bridgeville.

The agency wants to promote the message that “A managed forest is a healthy forest” by introducing landowners to the benefits of its Forest Stewardship Program – which offers free forest management plans prepared by professional foresters. The plans are designed to help owners achieve their own personal objectives from improved wildlife habitat and sustainable timber harvests, to enhanced hunting and recreational opportunities. Many experts agree that forests can play a critical role in improving air and water quality, and involving landowners is seen as a key factor in ensuring the benefits of forestland for the general public.

Interested landowners can sign up by contacting the Delaware Forest Service at 800-282-8685 or 698-4552. Participants also may call Gail Smith at Redden State Forest at 302-856-2893 and providing their name, phone number, email address and the date and time of the workshop they wish to attend. Registration can also be made via email by contacting John Petersen at john.petersen@state.de.us and providing name(s), phone number, any related contact info, and the date and time of the workshop of interest.