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This webinar series will help green industry professionals, land managers, and landowners learn about natural area management services.

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Natural Area Management Services Webinar Series

Join this webinar series and learn about expanding Green Industry services to your clientele, and earn a variety of forestry-related recertification credits. Perhaps you manage land for an organization, work with volunteers, or are just an interested landowner?

Then this four-part webinar series is for you! The Woods in Your Backyard Partnership has created a multi-state program for Green Industry professionals to gain knowledge and skills useful for providing additional services to clientele with small acreage properties. Natural area management services can enhance existing natural areas or create new ones from existing lawn areas. Known as “land care practices,” they include invasive plant identification and control, controlling damaging vines, converting lawn areas to woodland using tree seedlings and shelters, enhancing wildlife habitat enhancement, trail construction, and other practices.

A specialized handbook for Green Industry professionals and a checklist tool for use with potential clients was developed to complement the training, and to help participants determine which land care practices are suitable for a given property/site. Case studies and online resources provide additional learning opportunities.

Join us for this 4-part webinar series to increase your knowledge base, add skills and gain an edge over the competition with additional services to offer your clients.


Webinar Series Details

Webinar 1 - Expanding Your Business: Land Care Practices on Small-Acreage Properties

Thursday, October 22, 2020

This introductory webinar addresses issues around improving woodland health and the motivations and interests of clientele for natural area services. The Woods in Your Backyard educational program has targeted small acreage owners for many years and much has been learned about the potential market for land care services. This first session will provide an overview of land care practices, relevant certifications and the potential benefits this can provide your business. We will also discuss communicating your message to clientele.

• Chapter covered in Woodland Health Practices Handbook: Introduction & Chapter 3

Speakers: Jonathan Kays, University of Maryland Extension, Forestry Extension Specialist, and Adam Downing, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Extension Forestry Agent

Webinar 2 - Land Care Practices for Woodland Health

Thursday, October 29, 2020

The webinar starts with an overview of woodland ecology and the principles of succession. Understanding woodland ecology is essential to understanding why and how land care practices are applied and the results that can be expected. There is also an introduction to using tree and shrub identification keys (which will be provided with course material). This session introduces the concept of "land care practices," such as converting lawn to natural area, managing riparian buffers, and modifying and/or improving wildlife habitat, and chosen tree management.

• Chapters covered in Woodland Health Practices Handbook: Chapter 4, Part 1 & 2

Speakers: Craig Highfield, Alliance for Chesapeake Bay, Director of Forest Programs, and Ryan Davis, Alliance for Chesapeake Bay, Program Manager-Chesapeake Forests

Webinar 3 - Land Care Practices for Woodland Health Continued

Thursday, November 5, 2020

This webinar will continue the focus on specific land care practices to achieve specific goals, such as ways to improve privacy, aesthetics, create natural havens, improve recreational opportunities, and grow/harvest forest products. The use of integrated vegetation management, including the use of forest herbicides, will be covered to include how to control undesirable plants, herbicide selection, common woodland herbicides, application methods, and vine management.

• Chapters covered in Woodland Health Practices Handbook: Chapter 4, Part 3 & 4

Speakers: Dr. Jim McGlone, Virginia Dept. of Forestry, Urban Forest Conservationist and Dave Jackson, Penn State Extension, Forest Resources Educator

Webinar 4 - Introduction to Woodland Health Assessment & Incorporating Woodland Health Practices into Your Business

Thursday, November 12, 2020

This webinar starts with an introduction to the Woodland Health Assessment Checklist, and how to use it to educate and motivate your clients to address issues with their property and management actions you can offer. This checklist can be used to develop a land care plan. The plan further details land care practices for your client’s consideration. Further discussion will discuss marketing your services and how and when to include a forestry professional for certain practices. A review of the webinar series will focus on benefits and challenges for this niche area of services, who to contact for more information, and suggestions on how to get started.

• Chapters covered in Woodland Health Practices Handbook: Chapters 2 & 5, plus the Woodland Health Practices Assessment Checklist (pages 76-85 in handbook).

Speakers: Julianne Schieffer, Penn State Extension, Extension Urban Forester; Joe Lehnen, Virginia Dept. of Forestry, Forest Utilization & Marketing Specialist; and Jonathan Kays, University of Maryland Extension, Forestry Extension Specialist


Continuing Education Credits: (CECs) are available but not for pesticide recertification. If you want CECs, you must register with your full name and middle initial and provide your email. You must also log on to the webinars with the same information. CECs are available for the following:

Society of American Foresters (SAF) - 6 category 1 credits, or 1.5 credits for each webinar.

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) - 1.5 arborist credits for each webinar for: Arborist, TW Climber Specialist, and Municipal.

Other ISA credits: Webinar 1 - BCMA Practice-0.5, BCMA Management - 1; Webinar 2 & 3 - BCMA Science & Practice - 0.75; Webinar 4 - BCMA Science, Practice & Management - 0.75.

Maryland Tree Experts (LTE) - one credit for each of the 4 webinars.

Chesapeake Landscape Professionals Certification (CBLP) - 1.5 credits for each of the 4 webinars

Waiting on confirmation of credits for: MD Assocation of Landscape Architects (MD-ASLA).

Participants who log onto the webinars will receive a followup survey to verify which credits you may desire. Verified participants will have their information sent to the appropriate organization.

Ticket Options: Two ticket options are provided.

Option 1 is $35.00 and includes the following: 1) Woodland Health Practices Handbook: A Practitioner's Guide for Creating, Enhancing, and Maintaining Natural Areas; 2) Woodland Health Assessment Checklist; 3) Common Native Trees of Virginia Tree Identification Guide; and 4) Common Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of Virginia Identification Guide.

Option 2 is $55.00 and provides all the publications in Option 1 plus a copy of the 108-page, full-color, Woods In Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas Around Your Home. This guide was developed for landowners; it is highly recommended you purchase this guide because it contains information that will help you better understand natural area services. This guide normally sells for $30.

The Woods In Your Backyard Partnership: University of Maryland Extension, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Penn State Extension, and Virginia Dept. of Forestry

This project is funded by the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology.

“University programs, activities, and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status,age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected class"

Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology

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