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Tuesday timber-industry tour will include prison visit

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TELL CITY – The public is invited to Lincoln Hills Resource Conservation and Development Area’s 44th annual timber-industry tour and banquet Tuesday. This year’s tour includes an opportunity to visit Branchville Correctional Facility and tour their woodworking and forestry programs.

Lincoln Hills RC&D Forestry Committee sponsors the event and members encourage the public with an interest to attend. The Branchville woodworking and forestry programs prepare offenders for job opportunities in the wood-products industry after they are released. In addition, those attending the tour will hear about other programs that help inmates re-enter society as productive and responsible citizens and parents.

Tour participants will see the facility’s use of wood products for heat and hot water, organic gardening and possibly their living facilities.

The tour will also include some of the nonforestry programs available at the facility, such as Purposeful Living Unit Service, Healthy Families and Therapeutic Community, intended to reduce the rate of return to crime. Lunch will be provided by the culinary arts program at the facility.

Those attending the tour should meet at 10 a.m. at Indian-Celina campground, approximately three miles south of I-64 off the west side of Indiana 37. Follow signs from the entrance. The first stop on the tour will discuss pine management in a recreational facility.

Next the group will go to the correctional facility. Cost is $10 per person. Registrations can still be made today by contacting Karen Ann Smith at 836-2179 or katsmith1952@psci.net.