Forestry Extension Core Programs

Backyard Woodlands | Basic Forestry Course | Master  Woodland Managers Training | Resource Management Planning


The following specialized classes are offered through most county extension offices with active forestry extension programs. Not every program is offered every year.  For information about upcoming programs in your county, contact the forestry agent in your county.


Backyard Woodlands Program

Do you have a place in the country? A weekend getaway? A hunting tract? A mini-farm or ranchette? A back-forty? If your property has trees on it, then this introductory course is for you. Designed for new backyard woodland owners or those who have owned their property for a while and now want to begin some active management, this session will help you get started with a course of action that meets your objectives. Topics covered range from woodland ecology and tree planting, to wildlife enhancement and protecting against wildfire. The specific arrangement of topics and length of the class varies; generally it is offered as a single day-long session or as one evening followed by a half day. Contact your local forestry agent for details.

The Backyard Woodlands Landowner Resource Notebook is an invaluable resource, whether you take the course or not. Its 13 chapter present specific information about managing forestland and tell you where you can go to find additional help. Each chapter has a sleeve containing additional materials.

View the Backyard Woodlands Resource Notebook table of contents and ordering information.

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Basic Forestry Shortcourse

This is an introductory program for owners and forest property and other curious about various aspects of forest land management. This course is a prerequisite for Master Woodland Manager training. One or more field sessions are included, along with an extensive set of handouts. Topics include:

  • Tree biology and ecology
  • Tree identification
  • Silviculture (thinning & stand tending)
  • Reforestation
  • Fish and wildlife
  • Watersheds
  • Logging & access
  • Marketing
  • Forest health & protection
  • Taxes and business management
  • Forest measurements and mapping
  • Sources of assistance

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Master Woodland Manager Training

Master Woodland Manager (MWM) is a nationally recognized, award-winning program that trains woodland owners to more effectively manage their own properties and helps promote forest stewardship through volunteer outreach activities. Since 1985 OSU-trained Master Woodland Managers have provided well over 20,000 hours of volunteer service and have reached more than 34,000 forest landowners and members of the public.

The Master Woodland Manager program includes 80+ hours of training. Modules include a mix of classroom and field instruction and cover reforestation, forest stand improvement, insect and disease problems, timber harvesting, wildlife, and other forestry-related topics. As payback for the 85-hour training, Master Woodland Managers volunteer an equal number of hours with the OSU Extension Service. Volunteer service opportunities are flexible and varied. Examples include making "house calls" to other landowners, working with schools and youth groups, helping OSU Extension Foresters install research and demonstration projects, and making presentations on woodland management topics to service organizations.

Qualifications for being a Master Woodland Manager are knowledge of the local community, woodland management experience, and willingness to complete the volunteer service obligation.

This is as outstanding opportunity for woodland and family forest owners to upgrade their skills and knowledge, provide valuable services to the local community, and have fun in the process.

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Resource Management Planning

Did you know

  • That many forest products companies will soon purchase logs and timber only from "certified" well-managed properties with written forestland management plans?
  • That membership in the American Tree Farm System now requires a written forestland management plan?
  • That enrollment in small woodland tax deferral programs being proposed will require written forestland management plans?
  • That you can qualify for cost-share financial assistance to help you develop well-written forestland management plans?
  • That a written forestland management plan can help you have healthier forests, more cost effective management activities, and better returns on your forestland investments?

You need a written forestland management plan!

OSU Extension has a ten-class series ready to walk you through the process of writing a forestland management plan. In this series, you will learn about forest resource inventory techniques, management plan development, and how a plan can help you make sound decisions. This series is specifically designed for family forestland owners, and you can leave the last session with a well-constructed forest management plan in hand!

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