University of Maryland Extension

Maryland Woodland Stewards Program

The Maryland Woodland Stewards program teaches individuals how to be stewards of natural land and advocates for forest and wildlife in their communities.

In classroom sessions, Maryland Woodland Stewards learn about Maryland forests and sound forest stewardship to improve the health and productivity of their woodlands while increasing wildlife habitat, diversity, and abundance.  They also learn about natural resources professionals and organizations that provide information and other assistance.

Outdoor sessions are held to reinforce information learned in the classroom.  Outdoor sessions demonstrate how learned principles can be applied.

Participants contribute $95 toward the cost of their training, which totals more than $400. The balance of the cost is subsidized by the American Tree Farm System (via the Maryland Tree Farm Committee), the Renewable Resources Extension Act, and Maryland Forest Service. 

In return for the subsidized training, participants agree to contribute at least 40 volunteer hours to outreach and education efforts in the year following the training. Examples include volunteering for forestry and wildlife organizations like the Maryland Tree Farm Committee or your county forestry board, hosting educational programs on your property, writing articles, speaking to community groups, or talking with your friends, family, and neighbors about good forest stewardship.

Anyone may apply to the Maryland Woodland Stewards Program, however selection priority is given to applicants who own or manage woodland and are involved in their communities. 

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