University of Maryland Extension

Stewardship Planning - Educational Opportunities

The Woodland Stewardship Education program offers a variety of programs throughout Maryland concerning stewardship planning. Consider joining us to learn more.

       The Woods in Your Backyard, 2nd edition 

The Woods in Your Backyard Workshop

is appropriate for land owners of 10 acres or less (the majority of land owners!) Small lots, such as the one you may own, are a big deal.  This land, wooded or not, is a vital source for all. By enhancing or creating natural areas and woodland on your lot, you can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife and water quality.

The Woods in Your Backyard online course

is offered twice a year -- in the Spring and again in the Fall -- as a self-paced, non-credit course through the University's electronic learning management system.

 Maryland Woodland Stewards

The Maryland Woodland Stewards Program

is appropriate for land owners of 10 acres or more. The Maryland Woodland Stewards Project (formerly the Coverts Project) is an educational program of University of Maryland Extension and the National Wild Turkey Federation.  It teaches sound forest and wildlife management practices to a select group of people each year.  In return, participants apply these principles to their own property and actively encourage others to practice good forest stewardship. Since 1990, over 400 people owning over 68,000 acres have been trained through this program.

 General Forestry Course

General Forestry Course

This course is designed for individuals wishing to increase their understanding of forests and forest management. Specifically, the course targets Maryland forest landowners and other citizens with an interest in the principles and practices of forestry.


GPS Training workshops

Handheld GPS receivers are a great resource for landowners, natural resource professionals, and other outdoor recreationalists. Current GPS units are accurate (plus or minus 15 feet) and can be used for marking hunting locations, structures, streams, your vehicle location, as well as for fun activities such as geocaching. Professional natural resource managers can save valuable field time by using GPS with a computer to locate inventory plots, access roads, outlining timber sale and property boundaries, directing customers to sale locations, and much more. Beginner and advanced workshops are available.

 Master Logger program

Master Logger Program

The Maryland Master Logger program is a series of comprehensive training courses designed for the logging professional.


Delmarva Forestry Seminar

This annual seminar alternates between locations on the Maryland Eastern Shore and in Delaware. The seminar is presented by the University of Maryland Extension in cooperation with Delaware Cooperative Extension as well as other forestry agencies and organizations. This regional seminar is targeted to forest landowners and provides concurrent workshops on a range of forest and wildlife topics. Pre-registration required. For more information or to register, contact Agnes Kedmenecz with the University of Maryland Extension ( 410-827-8056 410 ext. 125, or Dot Abbott with Delaware Cooperative Extension ( 302-730-4000, ext. 112.

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