With the change of seasons this year comes a pair of changes to the University of Maryland Extension’s Woodland Stewardship Education program. Jonathan Kays, the program’s Forestry Specialist and leader, is now retired, and the program’s Forest Stewardship Educator, Agnes Kedmenecz, is moving on to a new job in her native Canada (see her farewell below).
These departures mean that the program has a pair of vacancies, and metaphorically speaking, large shoes to fill. The university is currently advertising for a successor in Jonathan’s position, but there is no timetable for an individual to come on board.
In the meantime, I will do my best to keep everyone informed about what’s happening in Maryland’s woodlands.
-Andrew Kling, firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Spring! As you some of you may know, I have some news...
I’m leaving my post as the Woodland Stewardship educator. Yup, I'll be starting my new job this month in British Columbia, Canada. I will be a Training and Education coordinator for British Columbia's Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development.
So, it is with a heavy heart that I say “Good Bye!” It's a sad and exciting time. I love my job here. Serving landowners and forestry professionals has been a privilege and a joy.
It is your care, love of knowledge and your spirit of good stewardship I will miss the most!
It has been a joy to work directly with many of you. From Earth day celebrations, to measuring trees, to the many webinars, walks in the woods, to visiting your woodland to talk great stewardship and inviting others to into your woods to teach them, we have done a lot in the past 4 years.
Without your support, and collaboration, my time here would not have been the same! Thank you all for being so great!
“And into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul.” - John Muir