Woods in Your Backyard Webinar Series

Explore planning and implementing simple stewardship practices on your lot to create and enhance natural areas and make a positive impact on the environment.
Woods in Your Backyard Webinar Series - Webinars
Language: English

Starting at FREE

Starting at FREE


When: Wed., Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27; Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019
(7:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

Where: Online/E-Learning

registration deadline: January 31, 2019
11:59 p.m.

The Woods in Your Backyard Webinar Series teaches stewardship of your land through eight, one hour, live online evening lectures that can be viewed from the convenience of your home computer.

By enhancing or creating natural areas and woodland, landowners provide habitat for wildlife, improve water quality, expand recreational opportunities, and enhance aesthetics. If parcels connect with others there is opportunity to make an even bigger impact.

Join us to learn how owners of even just a few acres can positively influence the environment by implementing simple stewardship practices. Live lectures are recorded and can be viewed again.

Who Should Attend?

This online workshop is designed specifically (but not exclusively) for smaller landowners, those with 1-10 acres. If you own land that is wooded, have natural areas, or you are interested in creating natural areas, providing wildlife habitat, improving water quality, and enhancing aesthetics then this workshop is for you!

To Be Covered

  • Habitats for Wildlife
  • Tree and Shrub Identification
  • Tree Planting
  • Woods and Water Quality
  • Forest Ecology
  • Woodlot Management Techniques
  • Invasive Plant Identification/Control
  • Creating Wildflower Meadows
  • . . .and more!

The Woods in Your Backyard Manual

The workshop uses the manual The Woods in Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas Around Your Home. This self-directed book will guide participants through the process of developing and implementing projects to enhance their land’s natural resources.

Each participant will receive a complimentary, full-color, 108 page copy of The Woods in Your Backyard manual (a $29 value).


Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

07:00 pm The Woods in Your Backyard: Why Are They Important Forests provide landowners and communities with many benefits. By enhancing wooded areas or creating natural areas on your property, you can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife, improved water quality and reduced energy costs. Owners of even the smallest landscapes can make a positive difference in their environment through planning and implementing simple stewardship practices.

07:00 pm The Importance of Woods to Healthy Watersheds With 56,000 miles of surface streams and over 80 trillion gallons of fresh groundwater, Pennsylvania is home to abundant water resources. But, the critical role that forests play in protecting watershed processes and groundwater aquifers is often overlooked. This presentation will discuss concepts of “forest hydrology” which is defined as the movement of water within forested watersheds. Specifically, the importance of infiltration and recharge to groundwater will be explained along with how forested land facilitates the processes that supply groundwater and surface water. The connection between natural forest processes and current stormwater management practices will also be discussed. These practices seek to mimic forest processes to ensure adequate groundwater recharge, reduce surface water runoff, and protect groundwater quality in urbanizing areas.

07:00 pm Tree and Shrub Identification (Who’s Who in Your Backyard?) Learning what native species of trees and shrubs inhabit your backyard woods is important when it comes to attracting wildlife, stabilizing streambanks, or their susceptibility to new invasive pests. This presentation will provide an introduction to woody plant identification using clues such as leaf arrangement and morphology, buds, fruit, bark and overall form. Learn how dichotomous keys and other resources can assist you in identifying the trees and shrubs in your backyard. Explore various traits of common native species that can be found in your woods.

07:00 pm From Soil to Sun: How Trees Grow and Compete and Your Opportunities to Steward Them Like all green plants, trees need light, water, soil, and space to grow. This presentation will lay the groundwork to help you understand the factors that drive tree establishment and growth in their niches. We’ll also cover the challenges and opportunities, with several practices highlighted, to helping them grow and thrive within your wooded space.

07:00 pm Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants in Small Woodlots Invasive plants grow rapidly, spread aggressively, and displace our native plants. They can cause a decline in species diversity, inhibit regeneration success, slow natural succession, and degrade wildlife habitats, directly impacting food webs. This presentation will discuss why we should all be concerned about invasive plants, particularly if we are interested in song birds. An integrated vegetation control approach will be examined. The presentation will teach you how to identify some of the most common invasive plants and introduce you to various control measures used for each.

07:00 pm Providing and Enhancing Wildlife Habitat The woods in your backyard can provide valuable habitat to many species of wildlife as well as a place for you to recreate, relax and recharge. In this webinar, I will cover the concept of habitat, the basic needs of wildlife, and practices a landowner can undertake on their own land to improve habitat for wildlife. You will learn about some of the trees and shrubs that are particularly important sources of food during different times of the year, methods of creating and enhancing cover, the importance of water features and learn about some practices you can try in your own backyard. I will end with a few tips on trouble shooting potential nuisance and damage problems.

07:00 pm Converting Lawns to Natural Areas Learn how to make your unused lawn area a haven for wildlife by converting it to a meadow or forest. Did you know that approximately 7% of Pennsylvania is being managed as lawn? These 2 million acres may look green, but they provide little to no environmental benefits. Converting areas of lawn to natural areas, no matter how small, is one of the best ways to provide habitat for pollinators, songbirds, and other wildlife on your property, while also improving the quality of your local water, soil, and air.

07:00 pm Next Steps: Putting Your knowledge to Work What’s Your Plan? Map it Out!
You have accumulated a great wealth of knowledge about natural resources management. Now what? How do you apply these lessons on your land to reach your vision? This session will help you prioritize your goals and develop a workable and flexible plan to implement your work.


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