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Small lots, such as the one you may own, are a big deal. The vast majority of land owners have less than 10 acres. This land, wooded or not, is a vital source for all. By enhancing or creating natural areas and woodland on your lot, you can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife, and water quality. If your lot connects to other lots, there’s ample opportunity to make an even bigger impact by getting neighbors involved! Owners of even just a few acres can make a positive difference in their environment through planning and implementing simple stewardship practices learned at the Woodland Stewardship Education's “The Woods in Your Backyard” workshop. The basic stewardship practices learned at the workshop will bring you many personal benefits:
The workshop uses the guide “The Woods in Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas Around Your Home.” The full-color, 108-page guide helps land owners to:
The guide is provided at the workshop and is included in the registration fee. Additional information and resources related to the program may be found on our Sharing the Program, Resources, and Professional Papers pages. Be sure to check the Events calendar for information on upcoming presentations of "The Woods in Your Backyard." Previous workshops can be found at our Workshop Resources Library page. Additional resources, such as the video From Turf to Trees: Converting Lawn to Forest, can be found at our YouTube channel.
WSE initiatives are supported by funding from the USDA Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA). To learn more about the RREA, visit this site (external link).
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