University of Maryland Extension

Agriculture and Natural Resources


The University of Maryland Extension's Woodland Stewardship Education program offers a variety of webinars, workshops, publications and educational programs for woodland owners, natural resource professionals, and interested citizens across Maryland. Please consider attending one of these offerings. Additional events are listed on the Event Calendar at

The Woods in Your Backyard online course - Fall 2017
Wednesday, August 30 to Sunday, December 3, 2017

Registration is now open for the Fall session of "The Woods in Your Backyard" online course. Our self-paced, non-credit course runs 12 weeks from August 30th to December 3rd, 2017. The course will help landowners convert lawn to natural areas and enhance stewardship of existing natural areas. Based on the guide of the same name, the course provides strategies to landowners of small parcels of land (1-10 acres) that improve the stewardship of their property for personal enjoyment and environmental quality. It uses a hands-on learning approach to help participants develop and implement a plan for their property. Activities include how to map habitat areas, understand basic ecological principles about woodland and wildlife, choose and implement a few habitat management projects, and how to set a timetable and record your progress. Online discussion groups will allow participants to interact with others taking the course.  A certificate of completion is awarded when all assignments are completed.

The course costs $85.00 per person, which includes the 108-page “Woods In Your Backyard” guide, workbook, and a tree identification guide. For more information, go to To register through Eventbrite, go to


The General Forestry Course - Fall 2017
Thursday, September 1 to Friday, December 15, 2017
Online or Correspondence

The University of Maryland Extension will offer the General Forestry Course for the Fall 2017 semester. Both the paper and online version will be offered. The course begins September 1 and runs until December 15, 2017. Registration is now open. To register, go to our website at

This is a non-credit course. As there are no formal classes, you work from the comfort of your home using your own woodlot, a friend's or a public forest. You will learn how to protect your trees from insects, diseases and fire; step-by-step procedures will walk you through a forest inventory and stand analysis; and the details of the forestry business are presented, including tax nuances and the sale and harvest of forest products. Ultimately, the course exercises help you develop the framework for a stewardship plan for your forest.

The cost for this forestry course is $150. Included in the cost are copies of the supplemental readings (A Sand County Almanac, The Woodland Steward, American Forests: A History of Resiliency and Recovery, a small pamphlet entitled What Tree Is That? and Common Native Trees of Virginia Tree Identification Guide). The paper version text and appendices are in binder form. Online users receive a flash drive of the paper version of the text and appendices. A certificate of completion is awarded when all assignments are completed.

Maryland Horse Industry Board

If you are a BOARDING, LESSON, RENTAL, RESCUE or SANCTUARY STABLE with one or more horses, and solicit business from the public, you must obtain a Maryland Stable License.  Exemptions include Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Steeplechase breeding and training farms.

Plant or Insect Diagnosis - How to prepare...

Submit a plant sample to be identified or diagnosed.

Submit an insect sample to be identified.

Please complete a plant/insect data sheet to accompany sample.

Spring 2017 Farm News

For information on Nutrient Voucher Training and Pesticide Recertification Training or a New Beginning Farmer Workshop Series and much more, check out Farm News.

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Agricultural Professionals

Research-based information is provided through educational programs, seminars, fact sheets, meetings, and newsletters.  Specific topics include:  Field and horticultural crop and livestock production, management, marketing, and farm management.  Fertilization - including nutrient management planning, pest management and safe pesticide use; Conservation, protection and enhancement of water, soil and other natural resources.

Homeowners and Gardeners

Free or low-cost publications are available on home food production, lawn care, ornamentals, wells and septic systems as well as other topics.  Publications are available on our Home & Garden website at

University of Maryland's soil testing lab was closed in 2003 but you can still find information on soil testing on our Home and Garden Information site.

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For more information, contact Elizabeth Solis-McGarry; 301-934-5403.

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