Women Forest Landowners Retreat Sept. 15-18


Women across the mid-Atlantic region who own, care for, or are interested in learning more about forestland are invited to apply now to attend the Women and Their Woods Educational Retreat Sept. 15-18 at the Highlights Foundation Workshop Facility in Milanville, Pennsylvania.

The retreat is an in-depth, fun, engaging, and thought-provoking workshop on caring for your woodlands now and into the future. No matter the size of your woodlands or if you’re not yet an owner, join us for learning, networking, and applying new knowledge about good forest stewardship. Workshops are led by resource professionals including the Wayne County Conservation District, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Keystone Trails Association, in addition to private consultants and legal experts. Attendees gain information on forest stewardship and legacy planning while learning the basics about mentoring other women landowners.

Topics and activities in indoor and outdoor sessions include forest plant identification and forest ecology, forest stewardship, managing your land with children in mind, trail building and maintenance, conserving your land, estate and financial planning, and more.

The event this year will be held at the Highlights Foundation Workshop Facility. Cabins and lodge rooms have modern facilities and wireless internet access. Farm-style meals are prepared by a top-notch chef and are a time for lively discussion, while snacks are always available for late-night or early morning sessions. The intimate and inspiring setting features serene walking trails, a 1,300-acre forest, and a creek that runs to the nearby Delaware River.

For more information on Women and Their Woods or to apply to attend the retreat, visit www.DelawareHighlands.org/events or contact Steve Gosch at steve@delawarehighlands.org or 570-226-3164 ext. 8. The cost to attend the four‐day retreat is $475 - $525 per person; this covers lodging for the three nights, three meals per day with snacks, and all workshop resources and materials. Commuter options for $225 - $300 are also available without overnight accommodations for local attendees. The application deadline is Aug. 1. Space is limited — submit your application today to secure your spot.

The Women and Their Woods Retreat is sponsored by Delaware Highlands Conservancy. Funding support is provided by the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers. The Women and Their Woods Retreat was financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program Environmental Stewardship Fund under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation administered through the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape Mini Grant Program. Additional grant funding was provided by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.