Maryland's woodland stewardship educator

Branching Out is the free, quarterly newsletter of the Woodland Stewardship Education program.

For more than 25 years, Branching Out has kept Maryland woodland owners and managers informed about ways to develop and enhance their natural areas, how to identify and control invasive plants and insects, and about news and regional online and in-person events.

Publishing schedule:

  • Winter issue - February

  • Spring issue - May

  • Summer issue - August

  • Fall issue - November

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Read our latest issues below.

2021 Branching Out

Winter 2021

Registration for the spring session of "The Woods in Your Backyard" online course is now open. The deadline to submit comments about managing selected Maryland state forests is March 5. Our regular features include profiles of the red fox in the Woodland Wildlife Spotlight, and Tree-of-heaven in Invasives in Your Woodland, as well as our events calendar and the Brain Tickler challenge. Learn about a new app that can help you understand the health of your woodlands, and about a first for Tree Farm Inspectors in Maryland.

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Spring 2021

There's news about our new website, as part of the University of Maryland Extension's rebranding efforts. There's also information about the Spotted Lanternfly and about the rebounding forestry industry in Maryland. Our regular features include profiles of the striped skunk in the "Woodland Wildlife Spotlight" and lesser celandine in "Invasives in Your Woodland," as well as our events calendar and the Brain Tickler challenge. Plus, tidbits you may have missed, in the News and Notes section.

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Summer 2021

There's news about advances in handheld GPS units and how woodland owners can benefit from using them. Registration for our two online courses is still open, so sign up now. Our regular features include profiles of the sharp-shinned hawk in the "Woodland Wildlife Spotlight" and porcelain-berry in "Invasives in Your Woodland," as well as our events calendar and the Brain Tickler challenge. Plus, tidbits you may have missed, in the News and Notes section.

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2020 Branching Out

Winter 2020

Learn how Marylanders view forestry and its impact on the state's economy. There's news about the spring session of our "The Woods in Your Backyard" online course and about Marylanders recognized for their contributions to forest management. Our regular features include profiles of the North American porcupine in the Woodland Wildlife Spotlight and mile-a-minute in Invasives in Your Woodland, as well as our events calendar and the Brain Tickler challenge.

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Spring 2020

Learn about available online resources from the Woodland Stewardship Education program and about our new Woodland Wildlife Wednesday webinar series. There's news about the fall session of the General Forestry Course and about Shinrin-yoku - a way to enjoy woodlands during these stressful times. Our regular features include profiles of the black bear in the Woodland Wildlife Spotlight and European buckthorn in Invasives in Your Woodland, as well as our events calendar and the Brain Tickler challenge.

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Summer 2020

Learn about Maryland's Recreational Use Statute and how it applies to your woodland property. Our  Woodland Wildlife Wednesday webinar series continues; find information about how to view the ones you missed and what's upcoming. Our regular features include profiles of the Chuck-will's-widow in the Woodland Wildlife Spotlight and Winged euonymus in Invasives in Your Woodland, as well as our events calendar and the Brain Tickler challenge.

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Fall 2020

Our regular features include profiles of the Eastern wild turkey in the Woodland Wildlife Spotlight, and Japanese privet in Invasives in Your Woodland, as well as our events calendar and the Brain Tickler challenge. Learn about a vision under development for Maryland's forest industry and about the new wildlife management online course. There's also a new publication from The Woods In Your Backyard Partnership for the green industry, an appreciation of the career and contributions of Teri Batchelor, and a new Outstanding Logger for the Appalachian Region (spoiler alert: he's from Maryland).

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2019 Branching Out

Winter 2019

Read about the belted kingfisher in the Woodland Wildlife Spotlight, Japanese honeysuckle in Invasives in Your Woodland, what the 2018 Farm Bill offers for woodland property owners, and a native fungus that may help control tree-of-heaven. Plus the events calendar and the Brain Tickler challenge. 

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Spring 2019

Read about the challenges facing the Maryland forestry industry, and about Marylanders being nominated for Outstanding Tree Farmers of the year. There's also news about recent workshops, spotted lanternfly, and emerald ash borer. Our regular features include profiles of the bobcat in the Woodland Wildlife Spotlight and kudzu in Invasives in Your Woodland, as well as the events calendar and the Brain Tickler challenge. 

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Summer 2019

Read about some woodland myths and new strategies for planting hardwoods. Our regular features include profiles of the American mink in the Woodland Wildlife Spotlight and Japanese knotweed in Invasives in Your Woodland, as well as the events calendar and the Brain Tickler challenge. 

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Fall 2019

Read about the controversy surrounding glyphosate, as well as some good news for the Maryland forestry industry. Learn about the upcoming "The Woods in Your Backyard Webinar Series." Our regular features include profiles of the great horned owl in the Woodland Wildlife Spotlight and butterflybush in Invasives in Your Woodland, as well as our events calendar and the Brain Tickler challenge.

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2018 Branching Out

Spring 2018

Read about the Red-bellied woodpecker in the Woodland Wildlife Spotlight and Oriental bittersweet in Invasives in Your Woodland, and take the Brain Tickler challenge. There's also an introduction to two new members of the Woodland Stewardship Education program team, and an announcement about the upcoming Maryland Woodland Stewards workshop.

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Summer 2018

Read about the common muskrat in the Woodland Wildlife Spotlight, Autumn olive in Invasives in Your Woodland, the MD-DE Logger of the Year, learn about two upcoming Forestry Friday workshops and a Woodland & Wildlife webinar, and take the Brain Tickler challenge.

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Fall 2018

A new issue of Branching Out is now available! Read about the southern flying squirrel in the Woodland Wildlife Spotlight, multiflora rose in Invasives in Your Woodland, bald cypress swamps, and a new invasive insect you should know. There's two new webinar recordings available, a recap of a forestry trip to New Zealand, and the Brain Tickler challenge as well.

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Winter 2018

Read about the Eastern screech-owl in the Woodland Wildlife Spotlight, garlic mustard in Invasives in Your Woodland, a poster contest for youngsters, and more about spotted lanternfly. There's a recap of October's Maryland Woodland Stewards workshop, the events calendar, and the Brain Tickler challenge as well. 

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