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Updated: July 27, 2021

The Woods in Your Backyard Workbook

The Woods in Your Backyard Workbook is available for free download as a PDF with fillable fields. It can be used in conjunction with The Woods in Your Backyard guide or on its own to help property owners assess their natural areas and to determine how to reach their land care objectives.
Updated: July 20, 2021

Maryland Consulting & Industrial Foresters Directory - University of Maryland Extension Fact Sheet #1059 (revised July 2021)

The Maryland Consulting and Industrial Foresters Directory lists licensed professional foresters who offer a wide range of services to woodland property owners. Services include forest stewardship plans, timber stand and wildlife habitat improvement, and much more. The Directory is for reference only and is not an endorsement of any forester listed.
Updated: June 2, 2021

Forest Threats - Wildlife

Resources for information about common wildlife posing challenges to woodland owners in Maryland and the mid-Atlantic region.
Deer in suburban yard
Updated: June 2, 2021

Branching Out - Winter 2018

Read about the "Woodland Wildlife Spotlight" and "Invasives in Your Woodland," a recap of October's Maryland Woodland Stewards workshop, and the Brain Tickler challenge.
Garlic Mustard. Photo by Ansel Oommen,
Updated: May 28, 2021

Branching Out - Spring 2021

There's news about our new website. There's information about the Spotted Lanternfly and about the rebounding forestry industry in Maryland. 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.
Lesser Celandine. Photo courtesy Joe Boggs, Ohio State University Extension
Updated: May 17, 2021

Rural Enterprise Series - Hunting Lease Budget Worksheet

This spreadsheet presents a sample budget for a hunting lease enterprise venture.
Updated: May 17, 2021

Rural Enterprise Series - Hunting Lease

This publication outlines hunting lease methods, skills, knowledge, and equipment needed, and marketing concerns.
Updated: May 14, 2021

Wildlife Damage Control

These resources provide information about managing wildlife damage caused by deer and by voles.
Updated: May 14, 2021

Managing Vole Damage in Forest Plantations - University of Maryland Cooperative Extension

In Maryland, two species of vole (the meadow vole and the pine vole) eat roots, bark, and bulbs; even at low population levels, they cause significant damage to forest plantations, orchards, nurseries, and landscapes. This fact sheet explains how to identify these injurious rodents and provides information on vole biology and management for forest plantations.
Updated: May 14, 2021

Use of Dogs Contained within Off-Limits Crop Protection System for Reducing Deer Damage to Orchards and Horticultural Crops

Deer damage to apple trees in commercial orchards is a major problem for growers in Maryland and surrounding states. The use of dogs contained within "Off-Limits Crop Protection Systems" has been shown to be an effective way to reduce deer damage in orchards. This research note summarizes results of using this fencing system around the 30-acre main orchard areas at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center.