The issues surrounding inheritance can be difficult to discuss with family, but a Nov. 16 workshop will help provide the communication skills needed to start the process to keep forest, agricultural or recreational lands within the family tree.
The “Landowner Legacy” workshop is being led by Ginny and Allen Nipper, a husband-wife team who own forestland in Arkansas and Louisiana and are past Arkansas Tree Farmers of the Year.
The workshop runs from 10 a.m-2 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Service state headquarters, 2301 S. University Avenue. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. Registration fee is $25 and includes lunch. To register call 501-374-2441 or online at https://tinyurl.landownerlegacy.
“They know, firsthand, the needs surrounding succession and inheritance,” said Tamara Walkingstick, associate director of the Arkansas Forest Resources Center and an extension forester. “The Nippers created this program based upon their own personal experience with passing their legacy to their children. What became clear to them was that they needed better communication.”
“The great thing about their program is that is very hands-on; people will learn communication skills necessary to start what we call ‘The Conversation’ about passing the land on to the next generation,” Walkingstick said, adding that this is a program the Nippers have presented across the country.
The conference is being presented in partnership by the Arkansas Tree Farm Program, Arkansas Forestry Association Education Foundation and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture through its Cooperative Extension Service.
University of Arkansas, by Mary Hightower
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