Monday, April 15, 2013

Ties to the Land: Planning Your Woodlands’ Future

Ties to the LandA facilitated workshop being held on April 27th, will explore Succession Planning — the human side of estate planning. “Ties to the Land: Planning for the Future of Your Woodlands” will focus on maintaining family ties to the land from generation to generation, building awareness of the key challenges facing private woodland owners, and farmers, as well as motivating families to address the challenges.

The interactive workshop is facilitated by Dr. Shorna Broussard Allred of Cornell University Cooperative Extension, in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations of Warren and Saratoga Counties, and the Southeastern Adirondack Chapter of the New York Forest Owners Association (NYFOA), providing effective tools families can use to decide the future of their land.

During the first half of the workshop, participants will gain information about the basics of succession planning, overcoming communications issues, and will learn about the elements and structure of a succession plan. The second half of the workshop focuses on specific tools that can be used in implementing a succession plan and will include panel presentations and discussions with local land trusts, tax attorney, and land owner —all with experience helping woodland owners plan for the future of their land. This workshop coaches families in developing the techniques and communications skills they need to address the tough issues and decide the future of their land. Topics will include key legacy planning challenges, and tools to deal with them, determining your heirs’ interest, clarifying your values and goals, steps to succession planning, organizing effective family meetings, and legal and financial instruments.

The workshop will be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension, Saratoga County (50 West High St., Ballston Spa, NY).

REGISTRATION FEE: $40 per registrant, $10 per each additional family member. Fee includes refreshments, lunch, and all workshop materials including a copy of the workbook & DVD (one per family), Ties to the Land: Your Family Forest Heritage.

TO REGISTER on-line, visit the website, and click on the workshop date (April 27, 2013) tab. If registering by mail, contact CCE Warren County 518-623-3291 or [email protected] Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 24, 2013.


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2 Responses

  1. Ellen Apperson Brown says:

    I am glad to see that you are offering this sort of workshop. I live in Virginia and cannot very well attend, but I would encourage you to take an interest in the life and experiences of my great uncle, John S. Apperson, who did so much to preserve and protect the islands and shoreline of Lake George. He formed “preservation communities” in Huddle Bay and Turtle Bay, with a group of other like minded landowners, and they signed agreements to restrict the development of unwanted structures, limit the use of fertilizers, and to try to pass their land to future generations and keep the land from commercial developers. He was only partially successful, but it is a worthy model…and influenced the work of present day land conservation organizations.

  2. phyllis korn says:

    I would love to attend, since succession planning is certainly on my mind for our Adirondack land. Will there be a repeat workshop in the Adirondacks any time between the end of June and mid-September?

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