WILMOT – A free workshop for local officials and landowners will be held at the Wilderness Center in Wilmot on January 26 from 1–3:30 p.m. The workshop is co-sponsored by Crossroads Resource Conservation & Development Council, the Wilderness Center, the Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau, and the Mid-Ohio, Holmes, Stark, Tuscarawas Regional Planning Commissions.

The workshop will promote agriculture and farmland protection as significant ways to maintain and sustain economic development. Information illustrating how land management, community planning, and reassessment of open spaces to become productive and financially sustainable will be presented. Attendees will learn about tools and programs such as zoning and easements that are available to preserve farmland through private and government programs.

Speakers scheduled to make presentations include Brian Williams of Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Matthew Harbage, Program Manager for Farm & Ranch Lands Protection Program through the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Gordon Maupin of the Wilderness Center, Mary Anna Biggio of Killbuck Watershed Land Trust, and Rachel Lewis of Stark Regional Planning Commission.

The workshop is open to the public and while the workshop is free, an RSVP to Crossroads at 330-339-9317 is requested. The Wilderness Center is located at 9877 Alabama Avenue SW in Wilmot.