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                                                                    Date: September 22, 2010

Subject: FNM – Developing Effective Strategies to Reach Small Woodlot Owners Workshop

Action Required: October 22, 2010

Purpose. To authorize attendance at the “Developing Effective Strategies to Reach Small Woodlot Owners” Workshop.

Expiration Date: October 23, 2010

The Forest Working Group, consisting of USDA-NRCS, United States Forest Service, Maine Forest Service, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, University of Maine Family Forest Research Unit, Small Woodlot Owners Association of Maine, and Threshold to Maine RC&D Area saw a need to help various natural resource service providers in Maine develop effective strategies to reach non-industrial forest landowners. In the past, there have been many challenges in reaching out to this underserved group. The new Farm Bill provisions increased the need to seek out ways that NRCS, other agencies, and conservation organizations can make their financial and technical resources available to the 100,000 plus non-industrial private forest landowners in this state.

The Maine Forest Working Group is sponsoring the “Developing Effective Strategies to Reach Small Woodlot Owners” Workshop to be held on November 5, 2010 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn, Maine from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. By the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to use the U.S. Forest Service’s landowner survey data and examples of practical applications to develop their own marketing strategy and action plan to outreach to small woodlot owners.

To register for this workshop, please fill out the attached registration brochure form. NRCS employees are authorized to attend on government time and expense with their supervisor’s approval. For those employees on official travel, you must deduct your lunch on your voucher under Per Diem Entitlements. Employees not on official travel need to submit a check for $30 payable to Threshold to Maine RC&D Area. To receive your reimbursement, you need to fill out the attached SF-1164 Form with the proper signature and submit it to the State Office. Please choose accommodations in the Auburn/Lewiston area within the required per diem rate.

Please travel together to keep the use of government-owned vehicles to a minimum.

Contact. If you have any questions regarding this workshop, please contact Sally Butler, NRCS Forester at 207-778-4767, Ext. 106 or email

/s/  Juan C. Hernandez

State Conservationist

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Attachment - SF 1164 - Claim for Reimbursement for Expenditures on Official Business/Registration Form