FCFB site navigator:
Related forest stewardship links:
Branching Out - Maryland Cooperative Extension newsletter
The Frederick County Forestry Board (FCFB) suggest Frederick land owners interested in good forestry practices consider the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) forest stewardship. According to DNR:
Forest stewardship is "the managing of forest resources in a way that meets the needs of the current owners, but does not detract or degrade the use by future generations." It requires that the owner has a sense of responsibility; knows the opportunities; is aware of the consequences of actions; and is guided by objectives.
A DNR forest stewardship has several components:
The interested land owner can visit the links above to learn more about the program. If you which to pursue a forest stewardship in Frederick County you can contact Mike Kay (Frederick County Forester with the state Department of Natural Resources as well as FCFB member). Mike Kay's contact information can be found on the FCFB Board members page.
Training of forest stewardship is available. Fortunately for Frederick County land owners the Mid-Atlantic Forest Stewardship Seminar is held the first Saturday in November each year at Frederick Community College in Frederick, MD. This seminar is targeted to forest landowners and provides concurrent workshops on forest management, taxes, wildlife habitat, alternative income opportunities and many other topics. Registration is organized by Terry Poole, Agricultural Educator, at the Maryland Cooperative Extension - Frederick County Office. Pre-registration required.
In 2010, a survey of Maryland Woodland Stewards was taken. 61 Maryland Woodland Stewards participated in the survey. Thank you to those who took the time to participate. Your feedback is valuable to us. The report, Maryland Woodland Stewards Survey Results 2010, can be downloaded at the following link. This report is a sampling and also includes the type of activities that take place by trained cooperators. Please feel free to share this report with your family, friends and neighbors.
For those land owners who want to improve their woodland and wildlife habitat as well as to motivate others to manage their woodland, the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension and the National Wild Turkey Federation offer the Maryland Woodland Stewards Project. This project teaches sound forest and wildlife management practices to a select group of people each September in a three-day seminar. In return, participants, known as Maryland Woodland Stewards, apply these principles to their own property and actively encourage others in their communities to practice good forest stewardship by acting as informal educators.
Pictured above: Maryland Woodland Stewards - class of 2006