Educational Opportunities and Resources

Webinar: Crop tree release of hardwoods for improved growth and survival 
December 15
Hosted by Cornell University Extension's ForestConnect
Register at Forest Connect:
Crop tree release is a management tool to simultaneously manipulate stand composition and concentrate growth on individual stems of high value species. It is a versatile technique that can increase survival and growth of sapling oak in young stands or provide income while retaining non-commodity amenities in mature sawtimber stands. This webinar will examine both individual tree and stand level responses to crop tree management with an emphasis on upland oaks and black birch. 

The Woods in Your Backyard Workshop
January 15, 2011; 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: UM Extension Building-Carroll County; 700 Agricultural Center Drive; Westminster, MD 21157  Cost for Workshop: $30 per individual which includes morning refreshments, lunch, course manual and CD. 
Hosted by Carroll County Forestry Board and University of Maryland Extension
The vast majority of land owners in Maryland have less than 10 acres.  By enhancing or creating natural areas and woodland on your lot, you can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife and water quality.  Owners of even just a few acres can make a positive difference in their environment through planning and implementing simple stewardship practices learned at The Woods In Your Backyard Workshop.
For more information, please contact Jonathan Kays, Extension Specialist Natural Resources at 301-432-2767 x323 / or, Donna Davis, Carroll County Forestry Board, at 410-848-9290 /

New Fact Sheet ~ FS #926: Heating with Wood in Maryland
The University of Maryland Extension is proud to release a new Natural Resources Fact Sheet #926, Heating with Wood in Maryland. This Fact sheet includes valuable information that will help you make the decision to heat with wood, or help you improve your current wood burning situation. Included topics are:
· How wood burns
· Improving woodfuel efficiency and emissions
· Comparing wood to other fuel
· Seasoning wood
· Burn wood safely
· How to buy firewood
· Selecting trees for firewood
The fact sheet also contains several illustrations that help explain how wood burns as well as many complete tables of information including comparisons and guides