Assessing the economic potential of a managed forest
Woodlots are a common feature of most farms in the eastern US, and are often overlooked for the value they might bring to the landowner and to farm enterprises. Farmers and woodland owners need to recognize the potential values of their woodland resource, be familiar with common ways a woodland can add value, and identify how the woodland will support the interests of the owner.
During this course, we will examine the methods to assess forest resources and discuss common woodland activities such as cutting firewood, harvesting logs for mushroom cultivation, and support for wildlife and long-term forest health.
All levels, specific geographic region: Farmers and landowners who manage (or seek to manage) woodlands. Participants should have an interest in working
the woods to improve their financial outcome and to ensure healthy
trees with long-term productivity. No prior forestry knowledge required. This course contains some information specific to the Northeastern US, though it contains content broad enough to be relevant to anyone living in a humid temperate climate.
As a result of this course you will be able to:
- Make informed decisions, knowing what actions you can pursue and what activities you should contract through a forester
- Describe the type, quality and potential of woodlands on a property
- Connect attributes of the land to your interests and needs for common woodland products of value
- Be able to select trees that can be grown for a future crop and remove trees useful for firewood
The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments in Teachable, our virtual classroom. To add to the experience, webinars will be woven into the online interface of the course for 6 weeks each Fall to allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from presenters and ask questions in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing.
Live instruction for 2023 has concluded. You are welcome to
enroll now to complete this course on a self-paced schedule and join our next
live session in Fall 2024. All webinars are recorded and posted in your online
classroom to watch anytime. Once enrolled in this course, you will retain
access to all materials indefinitely and may return to participate in future
live offerings of the course as well. Please join us!
Sylvan Pritchett is the 6th generation to steward his family property near Wayland NY. He is a transplant from Oregon where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and Master of Forestry from Oregon State University. Having worked as an arborist, landscaper, vegetable farmer, forest researcher, and restoration tech, Sylvan enjoys applying an ecologically-based approach to land management and fostering abundant and ergonomic landscapes for generations to come.
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StartFORUM: Questions and Conversations
StartOnline Resources for Farm Woodlot Management
StartNavigating in Teachable; Getting a Course Completion Certificate; and More
StartWeek 1: Webinar Slides and Recording
StartFORUM: Tell Us About Your Woods
StartList of Tree Identification Resources
Start"Reading Suggestions" - fact sheets that may help your tree identification
StartContinue Your Education: ForestConnect Webinar Archives
StartACTIVITY and FORUM: Name that Tree
StartWeek 2: Webinar Slides and Recording
StartGoogle Earth Tutorials for Farmers
StartHow to Use Soils for Woodlot Management
StartLinks to additional Mapping Resources
StartGrowing Volume and Value on the Best Trees
StartACTIVITY and FORUM: Web Soil Survey Tutorial
StartACTIVITY: Discuss the Productive Potential of Your Woods
StartACTIVITY and FORUM: Make a Stand Map