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Natural resources businesses workshop to help landowners

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Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 9:40 am

GAYLORD – Michigan landowners will learn about opportunities to start a natural resource business on their property during a workshop at the University Center in Gaylord on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Natural resources businesses include activities such as small-scale maple syrup, mushroom production, trail riding, fee hunting and fishing, rural bed and breakfasts, wildlife viewing and more.

During the event hosted by Michigan State University Extension, landowners will hear from Dr. Daryl Jones, coordinator of the Natural Resources Enterprises Program at Mississippi State University and a nationally-known expert on this topic. The workshop will also include presentations from landowners who have successfully started a small scale natural resources business, and Michigan natural resources experts on how to

• Get started. An afternoon bus tour around the Gaylord area will feature a variety of

natural resources businesses.

“There are many excellent options,” says Dean Solomon, MSU Extension Senior

Educator, “for landowners to use the forest, wildlife, open fields and water resources on their property for hobbies or to generate income.”

The event is sponsored by Michigan State University Extension, Northeast Michigan Conservation Districts, Huron Pines, The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Forestry Assistance Program and Mississippi State University.

Solomon noted that although the workshop is designed primarily for landowners, anyone is welcome to attend.

Pre-registration is $35 per person ($55 after Aug. 16). The enrollment deadline is

Aug. 21. For questions or to register, visit www.events.anr.msu.edu/n business, or contact the MSU Charlevoix County Extension office at 231-582-6232.

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