University of Maryland Extension

Resources

Publications, programs and other resources are important tools to help you continue learning and able to provide information to others interested in forest stewardship. Links to many publications have been included here. Click on a Topic title to jump to its listing.

Topics

 
Aerial Photos and Topographic Maps Riparian Buffers
Buying Seedlings Small Forest Management
County Extension Offices Soil Testing
Crop Tree Release State Forestry Departments
Forest Health State Wildlife Departments
Forest Statistics Trail and Road Design and Construction
Forestry Equipment Tree Identification
Invasive and Exotic Plants Tree Selection
Managing Wildlife Damage  Water-Based Habitat Management
Natural Lands Income Options Wildlands Fire Safety
Planting Trees Wildlife Tracks
Pruning Trees  
   

Related Programs

 
Backyard Woods: Bring Your Vision to Life - USDA Forest Service Backyard Conservation: Bringing Conservation From the Countryside to Your Backyard
Forests on the Edge: Housing Development on America's Private Forests - USDA Forest Service Changing Roles: Wildland Urban Interface Professional Development Program - InterfaceSouth-Centers for Urban and Interface Forestry


Publications, Links and other Resources

Aerial Photos and Topographic Maps
Maryland
United States

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Buy Seedlings from State Nurseries
Virginia Department of Forestry Nursery or phone1-540-363-7000
Maryland Forest Service Nursery or phone 1-410-673-2467

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County Extension Offices
University of Maryland Extension local offices
Penn State Cooperative Extension County Directory
Virginia Directory of Local Extension Offices

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Crop Tree Release
Management Practices for Enhancing Wildlife Habitat. Brittingham, M.C. and C.A. DeLong. Penn State Cooperative Extension, 1998.
Crop Tree Management in Eastern Hardwoods. USDA Forest Service NA-TP-19-93.
Crop Tree Management: A New Tool to Help You Achieve Your Woodland Goals. Apsley, D.K. and R. Heiligmann. Ohio State University F-50-02.

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Forest Health
Forest Pest Management directory - Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Forest Pest Insects and Disease -  Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Cooperative Forest Health Program - Maryland Department of Agriculture

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Forest Statistics
Family Forest Owner Trends in the Northern United States. Butler, Brett and Ma, Zhao. Society of American Foresters, 2011.
Trends in Maryland's Forests - USDA Forest Service NE-INF-152-02.
Forest Statistics for Virginia, 1992  - USDA Forest Service  RB-SE-131.

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Forestry Equipment
Ben Meadows (800) 241-6401
Forestry Suppliers, Inc. (800) 647-5368
Bailey's, Inc. (800) 322-4539

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Invasive and Exotic Plants
Invasive.org - Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health (University of Georgia, USDA APHIS, USDA Forest Service, and USDA Ntional Institute of Food and Agriculture)
Forest Vegetation Management - Penn State Extension
Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas - National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service
Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping/Chesapeake Bay Watershed - National Park Service
Tree of Heaven Control - Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service & Maryland Invasive Species Council

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Managing Wildlife Damage
Managing Wildlife Damage - Woodland Stewardship Education (this site)
Managing White-Tailed Deer in Suburban Environments: A Technical Guide. DeNicola, A., VerCauteren, K., Curtis, P., and Hygnstrom, S. Cornell Cooperative Extension, 2000.
Wildlife Outreach Center - Penn State Extension

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Natural Lands Income Options
Forestry and Natural Resources Enterprise Opportunities - Woodland Stewardship Education (this site)
Natural Resource Rural Enterprise Series - Woodland Stewardship Education (this site)
Marketing and Selling Your Forest Products - Virginia Tech
Penn State Agricultural Alternatives
- Penn State University
Missouri Alternatives Center - University of Missouri

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Planting Trees

From Turf to Trees: Converting Lawn to Forest - University of Maryland Extension
Backyard Conservation-Tree Planting - USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Shrubs: Functions, Planting, and Maintenance - Virginia Cooperative Extension
Planting Trees - Virginia Cooperative Extension
Tree and Shrub Planting Guidelines - Virginia Cooperative Extension
Neighborly Natural Landscaping: Creating Natural Environments in Residential Areas - Penn State Extension
Planting Hardwood Seedings - USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry; Northeast Area State Foresters; Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University

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Pruning Trees
Managing Winter Injury to Trees and Shrubs - Relf, D., Virginia Tech 2001.
A Guide to Successful Pruning: Pruning Deciduous Trees - French, S.C., Virginia Tech, 2009
Guide to Successful Pruning: Pruning Basics and Tools - French, S.C., and B.L. Appleton, Virginia Tech, 1999.
A Guide to Successful Pruning, Pruning Evergreen Trees - French, S.C. Virginia Tech, 2009.

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Riparian Buffers
Riparian Buffers - University of Maryland Extension
Understanding the Science Behind Riparian Forest Buffers Series (#420-150 through 420-156) - Virginia Tech: 150 | 151 | 152 | 153 | 154 | 155 | 156

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Small Forest Management
 Forest Resource Management: A Landowner's Guide to Getting Started. Sullivan, K. L., P.J. Smallidge, et al. (NRAES-170), PALS Publishing Cooperative Extension.
Working with Your Woodland: A Landowner's Guide. Beattie, M., M., C. Thompson, and L. Levine. University Press of New England, 1993.
Backyard Woods: Bring Your Vision to Life - The Arbor Day Foundation.

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Soil Testing
Contact the agriculture or forestry department at your state's university to locate a soil testing lab and get directions for collecting soil. The USDA Service Center Locator help you to find the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rural Development agencies in your area.

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State Forestry Departments
Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service
Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry
Virginia Department of Forestry

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State Wildlife Departments
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service
Pennsylvania Game Commission
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

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Trail and Road Design and Construction
Recreational Forest Trails: Plan for Success - Harkins, L. and M.A. Megalos, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, 1994.

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Tree Identification
Tree Identification - Virginia Dept. of Forestry
Common Trees of Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry
Leaf Keys to Common Trees in Maryland - University of Maryland Extension Bulletin #EB238
Leaf ID Key - Virginia Tech
Twig ID Key - Virginia Tech

Tree Identification Guide from TreeRemoval.com (commercial site)

Many states make available through county Extension offices a guide to the common trees of the state.In addition, there are dozens of commercially available guides such as the Peterson Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs, which has an excellent key that will help you through the identification process step by step. The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees contains excellent pictures. Look for these and other guide books in your local library or book store.

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Tree Selection
Forest Landowner Fact Sheets - Virginia Tech
Arbor Day Foundation Tree Guide
Silvics of North America - USDA Forest Service, Handbook 654.

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Water-Based Habitat Management
Management Practices for Enhancing Wildlife Habitat - Brittingham, M.C. and C.A. DeLong. Penn State Cooperative Extension, 1998.
The Vernal Pool Association

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Wildlands Fire Safety

Living in the Wildland Urban Interface - Virginia Dept. of Forestry
Home Fire Protection in the Wildland Urban Interface - Virginia Dept. of Forestry

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Wildlife Tracks
Animal Tracks
Wildlife Tracks Clips CD
Peterson Field Guide to Animal Tracks - Murie, O.J., M. Elbroch, and R.T. Peterson. Houghton Mifflin, 2005.

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