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Wednesday, 16 November 2011 14:25

Conference to focus on socioeconomic uses of Appalachian Forests

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The Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere conference will be held November 15 to 17 in Asheville, bringing together the best minds on environmental issues and challenges in the region.

This year’s theme is stewardship of the unique resources of the Southern Appalachians and will celebrate the forest-based livelihoods in timber and specialty woods, foods and medicines and recreation provided by the region’s forests.

There are dozens of speakers to pick from over the two day conference, including:

• Growing and marketing special products.

• The sustainability of recreation on both federal and private lands.

• Water quality and the wise use of the region’s rivers.

• Land use issues and the interface between private and federal ownerships.

• The legacy and present use of fire for forest management.

• Wildlife issues such as the impacts of deer and wild boar populations.

Learn more at www.samab.org.

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