What is ForestHER? It is an opportunity for women landowners to learn about forest management topics important to them in a relaxed, fun setting.  Although the workshop is especially for women who love nature and learning about the natural world, you don’t have to own a lot of land or even be a woman to attend.

Co-hosted by Alabama Extension and The Nature Conservancy, ForestHER will take place Tuesday, July 9 from 11am-3pm.  The workshop begins 11am at the Sawmeal Restaurant, 6880 Alabama Highway 5 in Brent with lunch, followed by presentations by Dr. Becky Barlow, Auburn University Professor and Alabama Extension Professional in Forestry and Wildlife, and Chuck Byrd, Land Steward with The Nature Conservancy of Alabama.

This Mini-Workshop is a much shorter version of the full two-day, hands-on workshop where audiences learn to read maps and deeds, measure your forest trees, and market timber and non-timber forest products through demonstrations, field tours and practicing skills.

Barlow will cover timber, map reading and other forestry-related topics and skills, while Byrd will provide a PowerPoint overview of the Bibb County Glades to include its history, creation, plant life, ecological & conservation goals, land management through prescribed fire and longleaf plantings, and upcoming expansion of Glades.

Participants who wish to do so can then follow Byrd by vehicle to the Bibb County Glades on the Little Cahaba River for a guided walking tour expounding on the topics covered in his presentation.  Bottled water will be provided for those who wish to take the guided tour of the Glades.

Owned by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Kathy Stiles Freeland Bibb County Glades are home to 61 rare plant species along The Little Cahaba River.  The site is currently the most biologically diverse piece of land known in Alabama.

The registration fee of $20 per person covers lunch and all educational materials provided.  Register to attend by calling 205-926-4310.  Payment of the $20 registration fee is due no later than 4pm Monday, July 8 and payable in person by cash or check, or by check made out and mailed to Bibb County Extension Office, 183 S.W. Davidson Drive, Centreville, AL 35042.

For more information about workshop content, call Barlow at 334-329-0554 or email her at becky.barlow@auburn.edu

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University) is an equal opportunity educator and employer.  Everyone is welcome!


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As the Bibb County Coordinator for Alabama Extension, Matthew D. Hartzell coordinates the implementation of all Extension programs in Bibb County in many program areas. These program areas include 4-H and Youth Development, Animal Sciences, Food Safety and Quality, Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resources, Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, Family and Child Development, Family Resource Management and Workforce Development, Commercial Horticulture, Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests, Farm and Agribusiness Management, and Community and Economic Development. Hartzell has served in his current position for 12 years and held primary program assignments in Community and Economic Development, Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, and Forestry Wildlife and Natural Resources.