Forest Stewardship program announced in eastern panhandle

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Forest Stewardship program announced in eastern panhandle
The valleys of the Potomac River and its branches descend eastward to Chesapeake Bay. Photo by Rick Burgess

The is announcing a sign-up period for the Forest Stewardship program counties in the Chesapeake Bay watershed in the state's eastern panhandle.

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The program assists landowners with the management of forest on properties in Grant, Hardy, Morgan, Hampshire, Mineral, Berkeley, Pendleton, and Jefferson counties.

According to a release from the W.Va. Department of Commerce, applications to enlist in the program will be accepted beginning August 10.

Approved applicants will be provided a forester who will establish a management plan for the landowner.

The landowner will be required a hire a consulting forester approved by the division to submit the application to the local division field office

Once approved, the forester will establish and submit a stewardship plan, after which landowners will be reimbursed for 75 percent of the cost of the plan based on the set price of $600 for the plan and $6.50 per acre.

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Further information can be found at , by contacting the local county service forester, or by calling the division's Charleston office at 304-558-2788.

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