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Extension offers forestry correspondence course

August 09, 2005

Registrations are being accepted for the fall semester of the General Forestry Correspondence Course through the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension.

The course runs from Sept. 1 to Dec. 15.

Work from the comfort of your home, using your own woodlot, a friend's or a public forest while learning the basics of forestry, forest ecology and forest health in this non-credit course. Find out how to protect your trees from insects, diseases and fire.

Step-by-step procedures walk you through a forest inventory and stand analysis. Explore the details of the forestry business, including tax nuances and the sale and harvest of forest products.

Ultimately, the course exercises help you develop a management plan for your forest, according to a press release from the Extension office.

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As part of the $150 registration fee, registrants will receive a General Forestry Correspondence Course text notebook, plus additional supplemental readings. A certificate of completion is awarded when all assignments are completed.

For more information, go to www.naturalresources.umd.edu or contact Nancy Stewart at the Wye Research and Education Center, University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, P.O. Box 169, Queenstown, MD 21658; phone 410-827-8056, ext. 140; or e-mail nstewar1@umd.edu

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