2008-05-29 / News

Pope Farm honored by Ga. Forestry for forest stewardship

The Pope Farm, located on the Newtown Road in Wilkes County and owned by Susan and Edward Pope Jr., has received the Georgia Forestry Commission's Forest Stewardship Award and obtained Forest Steward recognition.

The 180-acre farm has been managed under Georgia's Forest Stewardship Program since 2005. The program provides landowners with a comprehensive management plan intended to guide their efforts in the management of timber, wildlife, soil and water conservation, recreation and aesthetic appeal of the property.

"The Popes have properly implemented many recommendations set forth in the plan," says Senior Forester Keith Murphy, "making the farm eligible for this prestigious Certified Steward Award."

Approximately 6,000 forest landowners in Georgia have a Forest Stewardship Plan and are eligible for Certified Steward recognition. The Pope Farm becomes the 258th property to achieve the prestigious status.

To learn more about the Forest Stewardship Program, interested person can contact the Washington District Officeat 706-678-2015.

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