This biennial invasive woodland plant is the subject of this issue's Brain Tickler!

This biennial woodland invasive plant is the subject of our new Brain Tickler.

Updated: July 25, 2023
By Andrew Kling

In our Summer 2022 issue...

Read about our upcoming online courses this fall, and about this year's Maryland-Delaware Master Logger. There's information about the spongy moth and keeping your property safe from wildfires, and News and Notes about stories you might have missed. Our regular features include profiles of Maryland's tree bat species in the Woodland Wildlife Spotlight, and plumeless thistle in Invasives in Your Woodland, as well as our events calendar and the Brain Tickler challenge. 

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As the Calendar Turns to Fall...

The calendar may still say August, but now's the time to be thinking about ways to prepare your woodlands for the fall season and beyond.

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Registration is Now Open For the Fall Session of “The Woods in Your Backyard” Online Course

Are you a small-acreage property owner who wants to learn how to care for or how to expand existing woodlands, or how to convert lawn space to woodlands? Then join us for our self-directed, non-credit online course. It runs for ten weeks, from September 6 to November 15.

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Becoming a Steward of the Land: UME Forestry Program Offers Certification Course

 Learn to be a steward of the land this fall with the University of Maryland Extension’s General Forestry Course.  The online course features revised content with updated with many new full-color photos and graphics, and will run from September 1 through December 15, 2022.

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Woodland Wildlife Spotlight: Which Bat is That?

Andrew A. Kling, Faculty Associate

Maryland is home to ten different species of bats, divided into "cave bats" and "tree bats." In this feature article, we'll look at the four species of tree bats that can be found in Maryland's woodlands.

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Invasives in Your Woodland: Plumeless Thistle

Andrew A. Kling, Faculty Associate

In this issue, we look at plumeless thistle, also known as "spiny plumeless thistle." Its presence in Maryland might be more widespread than some reports suggest.

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Maryland - Delaware Master Logger of the Year: Billy Singleton

Agnes Kedmenecz, and Elizabeth Hill, Maryland Forests Association

Billy Singleton, a self-driven young logger based out of Wicomico County, Maryland, is most deserving of this year's Logger of the Year award.

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Events Calendar

August 18, 2022, 12 pm - 1 pm
Ask the Alliance - Identify Trees in the Watershed

Join Ryan Davis from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay for this informative webinar as he demonstrates how to identify numerous tree species in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. To register, visit this link.


August 21 & 28; September 24, 2022
Weed Warrior Workdays
Times and locations vary

Join Montgomery County (MD)’s Weed Warriors to help remove and manage invasive plant species in the woodlands of the county’s parks. Participation numbers vary and pre-registration is required. Click on the date(s) for more information. August 21: Manor Park Neighborhood Conservation Area; August 28: Glen Hills Local Park; and September 24: Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park. 


September 7, 2022, 8:15 am - 1 pm
Urban Tree Summit

The eleventh annual Urban Tree Summit kicks off with virtual sessions on September 7, followed by field trip opportunities on September 8, 14, and 15. Arborists, environmental/green industry professionals, designers, housing developers, and interested citizens are invited to learn new techniques and concepts to ensure the survival of trees in our built environment. Click here for more information.


September 29, 2022, 10 am -12 pm
2022 Wood Heater Slam

The fifth Wood Heater Design Challenge from the Alliance for Green Heat will be held via Zoom on September 29th. The 2022 Wood Heater Slam is an opportunity for teams to pitch innovative wood stove ideas to retailers, the public and panels of experts, who will assess whose stove is the most innovative and has the most market potential. Teams who get the most points are eligible for funding to move forward to the competition stage of the 5th Wood Heater Design Challenge. The application form is due August 15. Click here for more information.