Gen­eral forestry course avail­able this fall

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The Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion will of­fer the Gen­eral Forestry Course for the fall 2016 se­mes­ter. Both the pa­per and on­line ver­sion will be of­fered. The course be­gins Sept. 1 and runs un­til Dec. 15.

Regis­tra­tion opens June 1. To reg­is­ter, go to http://ex­ten­sion.umd.edu/forestry-course.

This is a non-credit course. As there are no for­mal classes, par­tic­i­pants work from home us­ing their own wood­lot, a friend’s or a pub­lic for­est. Par­tic­i­pants will learn how to pro­tect trees from in­sects, dis­eases and fire; step-by-step pro­ce­dures will walk par­tic­i­pants 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 par­tic­i­pants de­velop the frame­work for a stew­ard­ship plan for a for­est.

The cost for this forestry course is $300. 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.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Nancy Ste­wart at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion, Wye Re­search and Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter, P.O. Box 169, Queen­stown, MD, 21658; phone 410-827-8056, ext. 107; or email nstewar1@umd.edu.

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