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September Audubon Meeting Will Focus on Wildlife Habitat

September Audubon Meeting Will Focus on Wildlife Habitat

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society's September meeting will focus on ways local farmers and landowners can develop and improve wildlife habitat on their property.
The meeting will be held at 7pm September 10 at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center on Shepherd Grade Road, just north of Shepherdstown. It will be held in the small auditorium (Room 151) of the Center's Instructional West Building.
The program is free and anyone is welcome to attend.
The speakers will be Bill Bennett, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency, and J.R. Wolf, of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation service.
They will review the federal programs that are available to assist with wildlife habitat development and improvement, and also discuss in a general way how best to manage land to provide good bird habitat.
The federal programs they will review will include the following:
-The Conservation Reserve Program, which provides financial and technical assistance for converting highly erodible cropland or other environmentally sensitive acreage to vegetative cover, such as tame or native grasses, wildlife plantings, trees, filterstrips, or riparian buffers.
-The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, a voluntary land retirement program
-The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program, which provides financial and technical assistance specifically for improving fish and wildlife habitat.
For more information about the meeting contact Peter Smith at 304-876-1139 or pvsmith@frontiernet.net.
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is a nonprofit organization, and is a member of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and the Combined Federal Campaign.

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