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Annual potluck for the Southern Tier’s forest owners provides education on local conservation efforts

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TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) -- Food, fellowship, and education is what brings together local forest owners tonight.

The Southern Tier chapter of the New York Forest Owners Association gathered for their annual potluck.

Dozens of members were at the Cornell Cooperative Extension for dinner, socializing, and a presentation on local forest protection efforts.

Christopher Audette, Executive Director of the Waterman Conservation Education Center, spoke about the center's mission and their work to maintain six nature preserves in Broome and Tioga counties.

"Mostly we get together just as a friendly conversation in the first place, and so to get to know each other because we're eating together. But our speaker, well, they always have something new," says Stephen Kutney, Chairman of the N.Y.F.O.A's Southern Tier Chapter.

Their next meeting is in March at the Waterman Center in Apalachin. They'll be having a presentation about the little known bird, the american woodcock.

The New York Forest Owners Association is an educational organization for people interested in maintaining their land and taking care of its wildlife.

David Caya

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