Forestry

Protecting Arkansas’s forests, and those who enjoy them, from wildland fire and natural hazards while promoting rural and urban forest health, stewardship, development, and conservation for all generations of Arkansans

Minority Landowner Programs & Resources

Minority Outreach

What is the purpose of Minority Outreach? The outreach program seeks to introduce minority agriculture and forest (woodlands, woods, trees) land owners and their children to the various forestry and agriculture programs and services available to them. It is also a concentrated effort to educate and encourage them to become good stewards of their land and to explore forestry and/or agriculture-related fields as a career.

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture has designated an Outreach Coordinator to lead the agency's outreach efforts. She can also assist you with scheduling landowner workshops, providing speakers for outreach meetings, local forestry contacts, and more.

Outreach Coordinator
Evette Browning 
1 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, AR  72205
Office: (501) 219-6385
Cell: (501) 516-5684
Email: evette.browning@agriculture.arkansas.gov                 

What's Going On In Outreach? 

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture's Forestry Division is proud to announce that we are one of the partnering agencies, with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), in an effort to clear up heir property barriers for forestland owners. UAPB submitted a grant and was awarded funding through the US Endowment for Forestry & Communities, Sustainable Forestry African American Land Retention Program. Under this program, Arkansas has Keeping it in the Family (KIITF) and will offer this assistance to landowners in Columbia, Hempstead, Howard, Little River, Ouachita, Nevada, and Union Counties.

Although legal representation through this project is no longer available to new clients, all other assistance still is (workshops, Will clinics, limited legal advice, etc.). Fill out the enrollment form and email to the Outreach Coordinator or mail it through the postal service to the address above.

Helpful Resources:

Please click on the brochure below for more information.  

Sustainable Forestry & African American Land Retention Program Brochure

Unlocking Heirs Property. What Can You Do? Brochure

Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Enrollment Form

Arkansas Century Farm Program
This program recognizes landowners whose land has been in the same family for 100+ years. It is a great way to honor those who worked hard to obtain land. Landowners inducted into this free program receive a certificate, customized signage for the property, and special recognition with photos during a ceremony with the Governor. Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Outreach Events:

Arkansas Forestry Association 77th Annual Meeting
October 11-13, 2022
DoubleTree – 424 W Markham St., Little Rock, Arkansas  72201
Register Here: https://www.arkforests.org/event/2022AnnualMeeting

Keeping it in the Family Outreach Meeting
October 25, 2022 starting at 5:00pm
Free Union Baptist Church
2015 S. Washington Street
Magnolia, AR 

Arkansas Land & Community Development Corporation Annual Conference
October 27-28, 2022
533 Floyd Brown Drive, Brinkley, Arkansas 72021
Registration details coming soon

Media Resources 

Listen to a Leadership Nature Podcast of Outreach Coordinator Evette Browning- Sustainable Forestry African American Land Retention Program "Keeping it in the Family" and other outreach efforts across the state.
Listen to Podcast

Watch the 2017 Rural Life Conference video - Keeping it in the Family Workshop
Watch the Video

EXCITING NEWS! 

The Keeping it in The Family project has been extended and will not end until September 30, 2024! In fact, it has been expanded to include the following additional counties (assistance is still available in the original 7 counties):  

  •  Bradley
  •  Calhoun
  •  Clark
  •  Cleveland
  •  Dallas
  •  Drew
  •  Jefferson
  •  Miller
  •  Pike
  •  Sevier

Assistance to the new counties will be available beginning January 11, 2019. The new project deadline is September 30, 2024. There's no obligation by enrolling in KIITF. Enrollment only gets the ball rolling for us to assist you. Don't delay, enroll today!

The Department's Forestry Division offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap, and are Equal Opportunity Employers.