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Updated: January 18, 2022

Natural Area Management Services Providers: A to Z

Entries in the Natural Area Management Services Directory are listed alphabetically.
Updated: January 11, 2022

Green Book 2014: How to Apply for Woodland Harvest Permits in Maryland (EB-417)

Harvesting woodlands is an essential part of good management and supports the forest products industry. The careful stewardship of woodland resources may include periodic harvesting. This practice helps woodlands by removing certain trees that may be damaged, diseased, stressed, or mature.
Updated: December 14, 2021

Branching Out - Winter 2021

Registration for the spring session of "The Woods in Your Backyard" online course is now open. Our Regular features include the Woodland Wildlife Spotlight, Invasives in Your Woodland, our events calendar, and the Brain Tickler challenge.
A Red Fox in Baltimore City, Maryland, 2015. Photo by Thomas Andres, Maryland Biodiversity Project
Updated: December 13, 2021

There's an App for That!

The use of new mobile apps make exploring your woods fun and educational. HealthyWoods, a collaborative effort between forest specialists from Kentucky and other hardwood-producing states in the Appalachian region, including Maryland, provides woodland owners with a convenient tool to scout the health of their woods.
"HealthyWoods" app screen shot
Updated: December 10, 2021

New Website for Woodland Stewardship Education Program

The new Woodland Stewardship Education (WSE) website is now online!
Screenshot of new website banner and photo
Updated: December 6, 2021

Branching Out - Fall 2021

Learn about the "blue paint law" that will make marking your woodland boundaries less time-consuming. There's news about two recent awards for the Woodland Stewardship Education program, and information about the native Southern Pine Beetle. Our regular features include the "Woodland Wildlife Spotlight," "Invasives in Your Woodland," plus the events calendar, the Brain Tickler challenge, and the News and Notes section.
A fisher caught on a trail cam. Photo courtesy Massachusetts Audubon
Updated: December 2, 2021

Woodland Management: Managing your Woodlands

Publications to help you better manage your woodlands.
Updated: November 29, 2021

Branching Out Summer 2021 News and Notes

The News and Notes roundup for this issue features more kudos for Maryland Forest Service Project Manager Mike Kay, a study about the importance of community forests, news about bats, and an invitation to list your green industry business in a new Extension directory.
Updated: November 29, 2021

Remembering a “Woods in Your Backyard” Founder

Dr. Jim Finley was one of three original authors of “The Woods In Your Backyard” (WIYB) guide.
Jim Finley. Photo courtesy Penn State Extension.
Updated: November 29, 2021

Posting Your Property & Trespass

Maryland's blue paint law allows landowners to mark their property against trespassers. But trespassing does exist. Learn about what can happen next.
A tree with both "no trespassing" sign and blue paint boundary marker.
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