2018 Events Archive

Thurmont Green Fest

The town of Thurmont will be held a green fest on April 21, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm. The green fest was at the Thurmont Library. The Frederick County Forest Conservancy District Board helped out by handing out Norway Spruce & Loblolly pine seedling to the residents of Thurmont. Approximately 200 seedlings were handed out.

Hood College Green Fest

Hood College will be held a greenfest on May 12, 2018 at Cuellar lake from 10 am to 4 pm. The Fredeick County Forest Conservancy District Board will be handing out 100 Northern Red Oak seedlings and 100 Grey Dogwood seedlings. Everyone is welcome to come. Seedling choice will be on a first come first serve basis and limited to one per family.

David Barrow at the 2018 Hood College Green Fest

(Photo by Tom Anderson)

Creating & Enhancing Young Forest Habitat Using Sustainable Forestry Practices

Friday, August 17th, 2018, 12:00 pm - 4:40 pm

Mt. Nebo Wildlife Management Area, Oakland MD

Learn how to manage your property for young forest wildlife at the Forestry Friday workshop, August 17 from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Nebo Work Center, Mt. Nebo Road, Oakland, MD 21550.

This field tour workshop will focus on the management of young forest wildlife and sustainable forestry practices that can create and enhance young forest habitat. The Mt. Nebo Wildlife Management Area is a 1,863 acre tract composed of 90% mixed hardwood and 10% in wetland bog, fields and powerline right-of-way. About 400 acres is being managed to create young forest and shrubland habitat for wildlife such as grouse, woodland, towhees, warblers and other early successional wildlife. The workshop will be led by wildlife and forestry professionals who will take participants to management areas that highlight different young forest wildlife practices. Wildlife professionals will explain the various practices and forestry professionals will explain technical and financial assistance that is available for private landowners to reach their forest wildlife management objectives.

The instructors are Jonathan Kays, Extension Forester with the University of Maryland Extension and Rich Latshaw, Wildlife Biologist with the MD DNR Wildlife & Heritage. This workshop is scheduled for a Friday afternoon to encourage participation by resident landowners and absentee landowners that may want come up early for the weekend and learn. There will be no lunch provided so please eat before you come. Drinks will be provided on the tour. Cost is $8 per person and registration is limited. Participant will travel to the demonstration sites by van and returned to the Mt. Nebo Work Center by 4:30 p.m.

Directions to Mt Nebo Work Center: From I-68 at Keyser's Ridge, take MD 219 south toward Oakland. The Mt. Nebo Work Center is approximately 3 miles north of Oakland along the west side of MD 219.

For more information on the workshop contact: Jonathan Kays, Extension Forester, jkays@umd.edu, 301-432-2767 x323.

For more information on the Mt. Nebo Wildlife Management Area go to: http://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/publiclands/western/mtnebo.aspx

The Woods in Your Backyard online course

Wednesday, September 5 to Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Online - registration is now open!

Registration for the Fall session of "The Woods in Your Backyard" online course opens Monday, July 30. Our self-paced, non-credit course runs 10 weeks from September 5th to November 20, 2018. The course will help landowners convert lawn to natural areas and enhance stewardship of existing natural areas. Based on the guide of the same name, the course provides strategies to landowners and managers of small parcels of land that improve the stewardship of their property for personal enjoyment and environmental quality. It uses a hands-on learning approach to help participants develop and implement a plan for their property. Activities include how to map habitat areas, understand basic ecological principles about woodland and wildlife, choose and implement a few habitat management projects, and how to set a timetable and record your progress. Online discussion groups will allow participants to interact with others taking the course. A certificate of completion is awarded when all assignments are completed.

The course costs $85.00 per person, which includes the 108-page “Woods In Your Backyard” guide, workbook, and a tree identification guide.

For more information, go to https://extension.umd.edu/woodland/woods-your-backyard/online-course.

The General Forestry Course

Saturday, September 1 to Saturday, December 15, 2018

Online or via correspondence - registration is now open!

Learn to be a steward of the land this fall with the University of Maryland Extension General Forestry Course. Both paper and online versions of the course will be offered, beginning Sept.1 through Dec. 15, 2018. Registration is now open. Interested participants can register online at http://extension.umd.edu/forestry-course.

This is a non-credit course with no formal classes ‒ work from the comfort of your home using your own woodlot, a friend's or a public forest. The course covers how to protect your trees from insects, diseases, and fire; step-by-step procedures walk you 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 you develop the framework for a stewardship plan for your forest.

The cost for this forestry course is $150.00. To learn more about the course and what it entails, go to http://extension.umd.edu/forestry-course. There you can read a lesson from the text, view an interactive exercise, read through detailed course information and FAQs.

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

Woodland and Wildlife Volunteer Training Program

Woodland owners, managers, and others who would like to learn how to use sound forest stewardship practices to improve wildlife habitat and other forest benefits are invited to apply as Maryland Woodland Stewards. University of Maryland Extension in partnership with The Ruffed Grouse Society, a wildlife conservation organization, is offering this comprehensive three-and-a-half-day seminar, October 4-7 2018 at Shepherd’s Spring Retreat Center near Sharpsburg, Md.

Join experts and other woodland owners for this dynamic educational opportunity that features both indoor and outdoor instruction from a variety of specialists in forest and wildlife management practices and outreach skills. There is a nominal fee of $95, which covers instructional materials, lodging, and food. Upon completion of this training, participants commit to apply these principles to property they own or manage, and actively encourage others to practice good forest stewardship using the principle of “Neighbor Helping Neighbor.” This includes being advocates for sound forest and wildlife stewardship over the next year through outreach activities of their choosing.

Since 1990, 473 Maryland residents owning more than 70,000 acres have been trained through this program to practice sound forest management that can make wildlife healthier, more diverse and more abundant. These Maryland Woodland Stewards have in turn taught thousands of other woodland owners these skills and concepts.

Apply now to be considered for one of the 25 openings! The application deadline will be June 29, 2018. Applicants will be notified shortly thereafter. For more information or an application, contact Agnes Kedmenecz at 410-827-8056 or akedmen@umd.edu. Information, draft agenda, and application forms are available at: go.umd.edu/MDWoodlandStewards

Spotted Lanternfly Workshop


The Frederick and Washington County Forest Conservancy District Boards will be holding a workshop on December 14, 2018 on the Lantern Fly. See the announcement below for the details.