Joe Leonard, left, the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistant secretary for civil rights, listens as Sam Cook explains a new program to help black landowners keep their forest land and realize

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Joe Leonard, left, the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistant secretary for civil rights, listens as Sam Cook explains a new program to help black landowners keep their forest land and realize value from it during a tour near Ridgeville, S.C. on Thursday. Nov. 7, 2013. Cook is the sustainable forestry program director for the Center for Heirs' Property Preservation which works to clear titles for land that has been passed down through generations of black landowners without clear title. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith) less 

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Associated Press
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 12:42 PM EST