A listing of green industry businesses for landowners

The Woodland Stewardship Education program is assembling an online directory of businesses that provide natural area land management services for creating, enhancing and maintaining natural areas on private properties across Maryland.

These services include:

  • planting trees

  • converting lawn to edge habitat

  • converting lawn to woodland

  • controlling invasive insect and plant species

  • improving aesthetics

  • improving natural area recreational opportunities

If you would like your listing in our new Natural Area Management Services Providers Directory, or need to update it, please click on the submission form button below.

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Answers to frequently asked questions about the directory

What are "green industry" businesses?

Green industry businesses include landscape contractors, landscape architect companies, arborists, foresters, and other related businesses. Land care practices considered as natural area management services include invasive plant control, tree planting, forest health improvement, wildlife habitat, trail constructions, as well portable sawmill services and firewood.

Why Should I Be Listed In This Directory?

Natural area management services, or NAMS, provide an opportunity to expand services to existing small acreage clients and to develop new clients. Many of the practices can be done in the off-season and provide income streams not previously available. This is a new area and the actual demand for these services is still unknown. The directory will be provided to thousands of small acreage owners who have participated in the University of Maryland Extension's "The Woods In Your Backyard" educational programs. The directory will contain a variety of NAMS categories, so if your business offers more than one service, it can be found in more than one place in the directory.

What are "NAMS"?

NAMS, or "natural area management services," include invasive plant control, tree planting, forest health improvement, wildlife habitat, trail constructions, as well portable sawmill services and firewood.

How Can I Learn More About NAMS and the Land Care Practices Included?

The original The Woods In Your Backyard guide was published in 2006 and helps landowners learn how to develop sustainable outcomes for their properties. However, many of the land care practices suggested are difficult for landowners to implement, which encouraged the need for training service providers. The Woods In Your Backyard Partnership developed a training program targeted to interested green industry professionals on NAMS in 2020. It included the Woodland Health Practices Handbook, that provides detailed instruction on clientele and land care practices and the Woodland Health Assessment Checklist that providers can use with clientele to help identify areas of concern regarding forest health and appropriate management actions.

The NAMS training program included two webinars series targeted to green industry professionals: one in fall, 2020 and another in spring, 2021. All of the webinars are available free of charge for viewing at: https://extension.umd.edu/resource/natural-area-management-services-webinar-series.

Where Can I Find the Directory? Where Can Customers Find It?

The directory will be completely online and available through this website. When the directory becomes available, this page will contain a link to the listings.