University of Maryland Extension

Forest Health & Your Woodland Workshop

Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:30pm
Wye Research & Education Center
124 Wye Narrows Rd.
Queenstown, MD 21658
United States
Event Type: 
University of Maryland Extension

Why Attend?

As an owner or manager of woodland, you are concerned about being a good steward of the land you own or manage, but the continued influx of invasive species, forest pests and diseases, and sea level rise, can have a dramatic impact on the health of your woodland. Insects and diseases such as southern pine beetle and gypsy moth have been threats for some year, but a new invasive insect known as emerald ash borer will soon cause the mortality of all ash trees, many of which are found in wetlands and other sensitive areas.

Understanding how these insects and disease can impact the health of your woodland and what steps you can take to be proactive and minimize present and future impacts is critical. Fortunately, there are natural resource professionals that can help. This workshop will provide you knowledge about threats to forest health, strategies to minimize the impacts, and resources available to help you implement needed practices. 

Approved for 3.0 Category 1 professional CFE credits by Society of American Foresters.
Approved for 3.0 Maryland Licensed Tree Expert continuing education credits.

For more information on the program content contact: Jonathan Kays, Extension Forester,, 301-432-2767 x323. To register through Eventbrite, follow the link below. Registration closes March 12th.


9:00  Welcome

9:05  Basics of Woodland Health: What is a Healthy Woodland?

There are key factors to help you understand what helps to make a forest healthy. Learning to identify those factors will help you make informed decisions for your land.

Speaker: Jonathan Kays, Extension Forester, University of Maryland Extension

9:20   Overview of Major Forest Pests: History, Identification, and Treatment

Major forest pests include gypsy moth, southern pine beetle, emerald ash borer, walnut twig beetle, and others.  The history, identification, and treatment of each will be discussed during this presentation.

Speaker: Heather Disque, Entomologist, MD Dept of Agriculture Forest Pest Program

9:55  Dealing with Invasive Species on the Eastern Shore

Some invasive plant species are more problematic that others. Identification and treatment options will be discussed for some of the common species, as well as up and coming invasive plant species.  

Speakers:  Sarah Hilderbrand, Natural Resources Biologist, Maryland DNR Chesapeake and Coastal Services

10:20 - Southern Pine Beetle & Sea Level Rise

Southern pine beetle is problem insect but the increase in sea level rise makes trees more susceptible to problems. This presentation will help you understand the problem and what you can do to address it.

Speaker: Scott Daniels, Forester, DNR Forest Service, Dorchester County

10:45  Break

10:55  The Impact of Ash Mortality on Tidal Hardwood Swamps

The emerald ash borer will kill all ash trees on the eastern shore, many of which are found in sensitive riparian areas. This presentation will help identify where the tidal swamps are found what you can do to better understand and address this upcoming tree mortality.


Chris Frye, State Botanist, MD DNR Heritage – Where is the ash on the Eastern Shore and why is it important?

Jonathan Kays, Extension Forester, University of Maryland – Potential Ecological Impacts of EAB mortality in tidal swamps on the Eastern Shore

Management options for EAB, Colleen Kenny, EAB Program Coordinator, DNR Forest Service

11:50 - Developing a Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP): What is it and how can it help?

A FSP provides a roadmap for forest landowners for the next 10-15 years. A professional forester will inventory the property and make recommendations based on your objectives.

Speaker: Scott Daniels, Forest, DNR Forest Service, Dorchester County

12:10   Panel discussion on Resources Available for landowners and Future Research

This will be an open forum to ask questions of previous speakers and other experts.  

o   Previous speakers

o   Land Trust perspective -  land trust representatives

o   Cost share assistance (forestry activities as well as EAB treatment on public and protected land)

12:30  Fill out evaluation and adjourn to lunch. Leave after lunch


Sponsor: MD DNR Forest Service has provided funding to make this event possible.

Partners: MD DNR Wildlife & Heritage, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Lower Shore Land Trust, and Maryland Environmental Trust.


$8.00 per person
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