The Woods in Your Backyard Online Course - Fall 2017
Wednesday, August 30 to Sunday, December 3, 2017
Registration is now open for the Fall session of "The Woods in Your Backyard" online course. Our self-paced, non-credit course runs 12 weeks from August 30th to December 3rd, 2017. The course will help landowners convert lawn to natural areas and enhance stewardship of existing natural areas. Based on the guide of the same name, the course provides strategies to landowners of small parcels of land (1-10 acres) that improve the stewardship of their property for personal enjoyment and environmental quality. It uses a hands-on learning approach to help participants develop and implement a plan for their property. Activities include how to map habitat areas, understand basic ecological principles about woodland and wildlife, choose and implement a few habitat management projects, and how to set a timetable and record your progress. Online discussion groups will allow participants to interact with others taking the course. A certificate of completion is awarded when all assignments are completed.
The course costs $85.00 per person, which includes the 108-page “Woods In Your Backyard” guide, workbook, and a tree identification guide. For more information, go to https://extension.umd.edu/woodland/woods-your-backyard/online-course. To register through Eventbrite, go to https://wiyb_online_fall2017.eventbrite.com
The General Forestry Course - Fall 2017
Thursday, September 1 to Friday, December 15, 2017
Online or Correspondence
The University of Maryland Extension will offer the General Forestry Course for the Fall 2017 semester. Both the paper and online version will be offered. The course begins September 1 and runs until December 15, 2017. Registration is now open. To register, go to our website at http://extension.umd.edu/forestry-course.
This is a non-credit course. As there are no formal classes, you work from the comfort of your home using your own woodlot, a friend's or a public forest. You will learn how to protect your trees from insects, diseases and fire; step-by-step procedures will walk you through a forest inventory and stand analysis; and the details of the forestry business are presented, including tax nuances and the sale and harvest of forest products. Ultimately, the course exercises help you develop the framework for a stewardship plan for your forest.
The cost for this forestry course is $150. Included in the cost are copies of the supplemental readings (A Sand County Almanac, The Woodland Steward, American Forests: A History of Resiliency and Recovery, a small pamphlet entitled What Tree Is That? and Common Native Trees of Virginia Tree Identification Guide). The paper version text and appendices are in binder form. Online users receive a flash drive of the paper version of the text and appendices. A certificate of completion is awarded when all assignments are completed.
Mid-Atlantic Biomass Conference and Expo 2017
September 12-14, 2017
Location: Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
Contact: Vera Medici
Phone: 814-337-0242 x 322
The Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association (PBEA) is proud to present the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Biomass Conference and Expo. The Maryland Wood Energy Coaltion (MWEC) is a member of the PA Biomass Energy Association (PBEA). This event will bring together attendees from across industry and the general public, from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.
PBEA is the non-profit trade association representing the use of biomass to produce clean heat, power, biogas and soil amendments in Pennsylvania and around the Mid-Atlantic region, representing businesses, organizations, and individuals that share a common vision that biomass is an abundant, affordable natural resource that should be used in an environmental responsible manner for thermal applications.
Invasive Plant ID Workshop
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Calvert County Extension Office, Prince Frederick MD
Join us for this workshop in the 2017 Master Gardener Garden Smarter program. Learn how to identify invasive plant species found growing in landscaped and natural areas by using cut samples from live plants. Following the presentation we will apply our new skill-set by searching for wild growing invasive plants while we walk a short distance on a paved path that meanders through a natural area located between the Community Resources Building and the Phillips House.
If you own a mobile computing device, please install the Mid-Atlantic Early Detection Network (MAEDN) smart phone app prior to the workshop. Download the MAEDN smart app: https://www.eddmaps.org/midatlantic/.
Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Snacks and beverages will be provided. For more information, go to http://extension.umd.edu/events/sat-2017-09-16-1000-invasive-plant-id
4th Biennial Shortleaf Pine Conference
October 3 - 5, 2017
Location: Galloway, NJ
Join fellow foresters, biologists, land managers and landowners for the fourth
installment of the Shortleaf Pine Conference. The conference will feature 20+
sessions on land management practices, forest restoration, wildlife habitat and
more, and an in-person look at shortleaf restoration in New Jersey’s own Pine
Barrens. Download the press release or flyer for more information.
Maryland/Delaware SAF Fall Meeting 2016
November 10, 2017
Location: Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD
Contact: Bryan Seipp
The meeting theme is Adapting to New Climates for Forests and Invasive Species. Click here to download the agenda and registration form. 3.5 Category 1 SAF CFE's and ISA credits have been applied for. This program has been reviewed and is approved for professional CFE credits by the Society of American Foresters.
Online Urban Forestry - ISA
Location: Web Event
Purchase this online course produced through the International Society of Arboriculture. Identify the costs and benefits of a sustainable urban forest. Learn the critical components of an urban forest management plan and how inventories are used in urban forest management. Earn 3 CEUs) A,U,T,M,L,Bm*.
This is a self-paced, highly interactive course to supplement the certification study guide. The lessons are designed for adult learners who cannot attend formal classes and nontraditional learners who respond best to visual, auditory, and hands-on teaching methods.
*These CEUs may be submitted only once during the life of your certification
Location: Web Event
Login from noon to 1:00 p.m. for The ForestConnect Forestry Internet Seminar Series uses web conferencing technology to provide research-based and unbiased information to forest owners and others interested in private forest lands management.
Broadcasts occur on the third Wednesday of each month, once at noon and a repeat live broadcast at 7:00 PM, Eastern time. Each broadcast is scheduled to run an hour, although questions and answers may take additional time
New Woodland Stewardship Education Webinar – “Learning How to Heat with Wood and Pellets: Be Warm and Save $$$!”
A new webinar is available from the Woodland Stewardship Education program. Jonathan Kays (University of Maryland Extension) and Suzanne Turner (Survival Products, Inc.) discuss the ins and outs of heating with wood via wood (stick) stoves and pellet stoves. The webinar also includes information about the Maryland Dept. of Energy’s Residential Wood Energy Grant program, which provides rebates for homeowners who replace existing and less-efficient wood stoves with modern systems.
The webinar is available through the Woodland Stewardship Eductation program's YouTube channel.
Available Now - Ecosystem Services on Forest and Agricultural Lands of Maryland: A Survey of Maryland Tree Farmers and Agricultural Landownwers Webinar.
Bob Tjaden, Specialist and Professor, Environmental Science and Technology, University of Maryland, College Park, presented the findings of a socio-economic research study completed in 2013. It assessed the knowledge of forest landowners and commodity farmers on ecosystem services, and their willingness to participate in a payment for ecosystem service program. The objectives of this project were to determine whether Tree Farmers and agricultural landowners are knowledgeable about ecosystem services; what Tree Farmers and agricultural landowners think about participation in a payment for ecosystem services (PES) program; how demographics and geographic characteristic affect willingness to participate in a PES program; how financial payments, contract lengths, and the agency administering a PES program affect participation; and whether there are significant differences in the survey responses of Tree Farmers and agricultural landowners.
View the Webinar on the UMD website.
Available Now - Best Practices in Wood and Pellet Stove Incentive Programs Webinar
The University of Maryland Extension Woodland Stewardship Education program presented a one-hour webinar to provide an overview of the “best practices” in wood and pellet stove incentive programs across the United States. As renewable energy programs grow around the country, more and more states are including incentives for wood or pellet boilers and stoves. Unlike other household appliances, such as refrigerators, furnaces or washing machines, wood heating equipment have no “Energy Star” labels for consumers to consult to make energy efficiency comparisons. Consequently, several states have devised a range of methods to determine the eligibility of cleaner and more efficient stoves and boilers.
This webinar explored the features of these programs, and used Maryland’s stove incentive program as an example of how one state met its goals for ensuring consumers purchase the most efficient appliances available. The speakers identified what they see as emerging best practices in stove and boiler incentive programs as these initiatives become more mainstream.
This webinar featured presentations from Jonathan Kays, University of Maryland Extension Natural Resource Extension Specialist; John Ackerly, President of the Alliance for Green Heat; and Emilee Van Norden, Clean Energy Program Manager of the Maryland Energy Administration.