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Residents invited to become Maryland Woodland Stewards

February 06, 2012

Members of the community are invited to apply by Feb. 10 to become Maryland Woodland Stewards, a program of University of Maryland Extension.

The training process teaches participants how sound woodland management practices can be used to make wildlife healthier, more diverse and abundant, while enhancing other forest benefits.

Each year, a select group of 25 woodland owners, managers and/or environmentally concerned citizens are chosen from applicants to participate in a 3 1/2-day seminar that emphasizes education through demonstration.
 
The workshop will be April 26 to 29 at Shepherd’s Spring Retreat Center in Sharpsburg.

Through the  seminar, participants learn about the ecology and management of Maryland’s forests and wildlife, sources of professional assistance to help them, and how they can put this information to work on their properties and in their communities.

The workshop costs $50, which includes lodging, meals and reference materials. The 2012 training is sponsored by American Tree Farm System through the Maryland Tree Farm Committee.

After the training, participants, known as Maryland Woodland Stewards, agree to return to their communities and serve for one year as advocates of wise forest and wildlife management.

Stewards are asked to contribute 40 hours in outreach effort over the next year. The emphasis of outreach efforts is on “Neighbor Helping Neighbor,” and Maryland Woodland Stewards share information in ways in which they feel comfortable.

For more information, go to www.naturalresources.umd.edu.

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