Woodland Steward Series Returns to Western North Carolina

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Attendees of the Woodland Stewards Series gather for a picture on the steps of the Biltmore Forest School at the Cradle of Forestry

Attendees of the Woodland Stewards Series gather for a picture on the steps of the Biltmore Forest School at the Cradle of Forestry

In the late 1890s, Dr. Carl A. Schenck came to America to manage the forests of the Biltmore Estate in Western North Carolina. He helped restore the land, and established the country’s first forestry school.

The Woodland Stewards Series follows Schenck’s principles by helping modern-day woodland owners interested in managing their land develop an understanding of the basic principles of woodland stewardship. The series will empower forest owners to promote environmental and forest health through increased awareness, experience and access to resources. A team of land management experts from federal and state agencies, universities, and the private sector are coordinating efforts to offer the Woodland Steward Series.

Each workshop is led by natural resource and land management specialists, and will include both hands-on activities in the field and classroom instruction. Pre-registration is required. Landowners are encouraged to attend the full series of four workshops, but individual workshop registration is available. Registration fees include classroom instruction, training notebook, field activities, refreshments and lunch.
July 29 – 30: Discover Your Land; Basic Land Management Skills
July 30 – 31: Woodscaping Your Woodlands & Firewise Management
August 19 – 20: Native Landscaping & Water Management
August 20 – 21: Stewardship, Recreation & Liability

Full agendas and registration can be found at http://www.woodlandstewardsnc.org.

Fees:
Full workshop series – $200
Companion/spouse – $100 (in addition to series fee)
Individual workshop fee- $60 per workshop
Companion/spouse – $30 (in addition to workshop fee)

Registration has been extended to Friday, July 17.

Sponsored by: NC State University’s Forestry & Environmental Outreach Program, the Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association, The Pisgah Field School, North Carolina Forest Service, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, USDA Forest Service, the Cradle of Forestry in America, The NC Arboretum, and Bent Creek Experimental Forest.

Contact: Contact: Addie Thornton, addie_thornton@ncsu.edu, phone: 919-515-5065. Website:  www.woodlandstewardsnc.org