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NCRS to host longleaf pine management workshop
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The Natural Resources Conservation Service will host a Longleaf Pine Opportunities and Management workshop for private landowners and forestry professionals April 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Kershaw County School District Auditorium, 2029 West DeKalb St. in Camden.

Longleaf pine forests once encompassed more than 90 million acres of the North American landscape. Today, only 3 percent, or 3.4 million acres, remain and, yet, Longleaf pine forests represent some of the world's most biologically diverse ecosystems. The Longleaf pine ecosystem provides critical habitat for 29 threatened and endangered species.

NRCS and its conservation partners within South Carolina are helping private landowners improve the sustainability and profitability of Longleaf pine forest ecosystems. The morning portion of the workshop will highlight Longleaf Pine values, establishment, fire ecology, economics, and financial assistance programs through presentations. The afternoon portion of the workshop will include a field tour of Longleaf pine forests in the Camden area after lunch.

Presentations and discussions will begin at 9 a.m. Space is limited and those wishing to attend are asked to  pre-register by Friday, April 8.

The workshop is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Please make checks payable to the Kershaw Conservation District (KCD), 1126 Little St.,  Attn: Donna Douglas, Camden, SC 29020.

For questions and special accommodations, please contact Douglas at (803) 432-2576, ext. 3.