Forest Landowner Outreach

Forest Landowner Outreach

Beaver Watershed Alliance was awarded a grant from the United States Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment) in 2014 to work with forest landowners in order to identify and address their resource needs with the goal to assist them with forest management activities that help protect water quality in Beaver Lake. A series of meetings were conducted throughout forested communities in the watershed to reach the various forest landowners and give them an opportunity to participate close to their property or residence. The results of this program were very revealing. Many owners of forested lands are struggling with diseased timber and declining forest health overall, while some are simply interested in learning more about the forest and various forest management approaches whether it be for wildlife habitat improvements, sustainable harvesting, controlled burning, conservation easements, or forest management plans.

Now being aware of landowner needs, Beaver Watershed Alliance has arranged with our partners, and is still arranging, a variety of programs to help meet the conservation needs of forest landowners which will also help protect water quality and wildlife habitat. Working with landowners to develop programs that work, incorporating these programs into the Beaver Lake Watershed Protection Strategy, and assisting watershed stakeholders to implement beneficial conservation practices is one part of the BWA mission and a major part of our adaptive watershed management efforts. It is also fun and rewarding to see the wildlife that depend on healthy forests thrive, and for landowners to enjoy knowing that they are making a difference. Healthy Forests = Clean Water and Happy Wildlife.

If you are a land owner or manager, please check in with us if you are interested in learning more about managing a healthy forest and to ensure you are making wise decisions with regard to management of your private forested land.

To find out more contact us at Info@beaverwatershedalliance.org or 479-750-8007.