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 will next begin on Thursday, February 23rd, 2023, from 6:30-8pm Eastern and the final webinar will conclude on Thursday, March 30, 2023 (please note this schedule change).
While we encourage live attendance so you have the opportunity to engage with the presenters and ask questions, all webinars are recorded and posted in our online classroom for students to watch anytime. Once you have enrolled in this course, you will retain access to all materials indefinitely, and can return to participate in the live webinars in future offerings of the course if you wish.
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.
Tracey Testo-Smith is on the Agriculture and Natural
Resource Team at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties’
Agroforestry Resource Center and Siuslaw Model Forest as an Agroforestry and
Natural Resource Educator. She graduated from SUNY Cobleskill’s Plant Science
and Horticulture Bachelor program, has worked on many farms including the
world’s largest wild-simulated ginseng farm, and manages her own forest farm.
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