University of Maryland Extension

The Woodland Stewardship Education (WSE) program helps connect woodland property owners to their land. Through a variety of Extension offerings, WSE brings together professionals from such fields as forestry, wildlife ecology, and natural resource management to enable woodland property owners to make sound and informed decisions about managing their land.  

  • Click here for contact information for WSE faculty and staff.

WSE initiatives are supported by funding from the USDA Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA). To learn more about the RREA, visit this site (external link).

The Woods in Your Backyard
online course

The Woods in Your Backyard - 2nd edition

  • 108-page full color guide



Woodland Health Practices

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Woodland Health Practices Handbook checklist

Written for green industry professionals, land managers and forest industry professionals in the eastern U.S., this guide promotes land stewardship for the owner’s enjoyment and for improved environmental quality. The handbook outlines small-scale natural areas management services including wildlife habitat enhancement, forestry practices, chosen tree release, creating natural havens, invasive plant and insect identification and control, creating food plots, and more.

Visit this Eventbrite link for more information and to order this resource manual and accompanying specialized checklist tool.

Download the free Woodland Health Assessment here.


Educational Opportunites

Maryland Woodland Stewards

Publications Library

Your Woodland 



Woodland Stewardship Education
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