Woodland Stewardship: Management Practices for Landowners

This online course teaches about woodland management, tree identification and measurement, forest ecology, and forest legacy planning.
Woodland Stewardship: Management Practices for Landowners - Online Courses
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Length of Access: 365 days
Sections: 9
Length: 12 hours
Language: English
Note: This course contains materials similar to the content in Teach for Forests and Understanding Forests. This course is designed for private forest owners interested in learning more about stewardship.
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Description

In Pennsylvania, private forest landowners own 11.5 million acres (almost 70% of the forests). While private woodlots vary greatly in size, most owners express a closeness to their land. It is a place they love, where they spend time, build memories, and appreciate nature.

Yet private lands are not necessarily well managed. Penn State University has a long history of educating people on the ways they can be responsible stewards of the woodlands. We know from research conducted in the early 1990s that Pennsylvania’s woodland owners overwhelmingly want to do the right thing when it comes to taking care of their land. We also know that landowners consider a lack of knowledge and information to be their major stumbling block in that effort. Although this course focuses on Pennsylvania woods and landowners, much of the information applies to land in other states as well, particularly those in the Northeast.

We are pleased to be able to offer this course online! As you progress through this course, you'll gain a solid understanding of what it means to be a woodland steward and of ways to apply your new knowledge to your own woodlot. You will learn practical, hands-on skills, as well as some "big picture" concepts related to woodland management.

Who is this for?
  • Woodland owners
  • Anyone interested in better understanding forests and stewardship practices
What will you learn?
  • The importance of forests and the need for woodland stewardship
  • Forest management techniques
  • How to identify trees
  • How to measure diameter, height, and volume of trees
  • How to collect field data on a forest stand
  • Protecting wildlife habitat and water quality
  • Developing legacy plans for the future of the woods

Instructors

Avian ecology Effects of shale gas development on forests and birds forest songbirds Human impacts on bird population Wildlife habitat management on private lands Landscaping for birds and wildlife

More by Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D. 

Silviculture Timber Sales Forest Ecology Forest Vegetation Management Herbicides Invasive Plants White-tailed Deer Youth Environmental Education 4-H Forestry

More by David R. Jackson 

Water wells, springs and cisterns Pond management Watershed management Water conservation Shale gas drilling and water Acid deposition

More by Bryan Swistock 

Forest stewardship Private forest landowners Woodland care Collaborative learning Action research Peer-to-peer education

More by Allyson Brownlee Muth, Ed.D. 

Youth and Natural Resources Education Forest Stewardship Natural Resources Volunteerism Private Forestland Management Connecting Youth with Nature Forest Dendrology and Botany

More by Sanford S. Smith, Ph.D. 

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