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Owner Legacy Planning Workshop scheduled for October | Lifestyles

The Virginia Department of Forestry and Virginia Cooperative Extension will be offering their Generation NEXT program on Thursday, October 27 at Matthews State Forest at Galax.

Generation NEXT is a collaboration between VDOF and VCE that helps Virginia landowners make plans to keep forests intact, in the forest and in the family. These workshops are an opportunity for family members to ask tough questions, receive helpful information, and get on the same page about their plans for the future.

“One of the most important steps in legacy planning includes conversations between the landowner and the people who will manage their land after they leave,” said Karen Snape, Generation NEXT program coordinator. “When unforeseen events arise before clearly laid out plans for your estate and land can be put in place, things can quickly get complicated for surviving family members. Having these conversations now is essential.

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Generation NEXT workshop speakers include experienced legal and financial experts in estate planning, as well as natural resource professionals and landowners. Topics for the October 27 event include family dynamics, conservation tools, landowner stories, a Q&A roundtable and more.

“Many landowners are overwhelmed by the inheritance planning process and assume that it mostly involves complicated estate planning with lawyers and accountants,” said Karl Didier, VDOF Forest Land Conservation Program Manager. . “The Generation NEXT program helps facilitate estate planning and demonstrates that it is only part of the estate planning process. Legacy planning is an ongoing process. Just as a forest changes over time, your plans will evolve. As priorities change or family dynamics change, so should the plans for your land.

Accompanying the workshop series, the award-winning publication, “Legacy Planning: A Guide for Virginia Landowners,” provides an overview of the nine major steps involved in developing a solid legacy land plan. It includes case studies from landowners across Virginia and guides landowners to tools and resources. The free publication is available on the Virginia Tech website or in print on demand.

The Generation NEXT event on October 27 at Galax runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes lunch and an optional forest tour. The cost is $25 per person or $40 per family. The Matthews State Forest office is located at 106 Forestry Lane in Galax.

To register, go to https://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/onlineregistration.html. You can also access a mail-in registration form by going to https://ext.vt.edu/natural-resources/legacy-planning/training.html.

– Submitted by William Worrell