Woodland Stewardship: Management Practices for Landowners
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 asynchronous, self-paced course online! Through a combination of videos and short readings, you'll gain a solid understanding of what it means to be a woodland steward and 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. You can check your learning with quick, ungraded assessments, and download and print the handouts that accompany this course.
- Anyone interested in better understanding forests and stewardship practices
- Woodland owners
- 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
Some courses also provide credits that can go towards professional certifications. None of the online courses offer credits that can go on a college transcript.
Please refer to the course description to learn if a specific course offers certificates and/or credits towards professional certification.
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Michael Jacobson, Ph.D.
David R. Jackson, James Finley, Ph.D.