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Become a Master Woodland Owner

Master Woodland Owner class.

We know how deeply Minnesotans care about their land. That's why we've developed the Master Woodland Owner program. Our comprehensive landowner education program teaches family forest owners the ins and outs of forest health, monetizing your land, management for recreation and wildlife, estate planning and taxes, and more.

Course overview

The Master Woodland Owner program uses a hybrid course design. Each unit is presented as an online, self-paced module with readings, exercises and a group discussion board. Semi-regular Zoom meetings give  learners a chance to ask questions of instructors and contribute to group learning by sharing their own experiences. Participants also attend three in-person field sessions throughout the course.

After completing the Master Woodland Owner program, participants are able to:

  • Consider the different reasons and ways to manage their woods.

  • Identify common trees and invasive plants.

  • Select appropriate trees and know how to plant them.

  • Map their property and conduct a woodland inventory.

  • Find and talk with natural resources professionals.

  • Discuss financial considerations of land ownership (including tax incentives and estate planning) with their family and financial/tax advisors.

  • Serve as a mentor to other private woodland owners.

New classes are regularly added. Watch this space for updates on new dates and locations for upcoming programs, and don't forget to join our email list!

Registration is open

The next offering of the Master Woodland Owner course will begin February 13, 2023!

Learn more and apply

Expand your stewardship as a volunteer

After completing the Master Woodland Owner program, participants have the option of continuing on to become Master Woodland Volunteers.

Using the same system in which landowners can track their management activities on their own property, Master Woodland Volunteers can track time spent on volunteering, outreach, and continuing education.

Questions on the Master Woodland Volunteer Program? Contact us at mwop@umn.edu or call 612-624-8165.


Reviewed in 2022

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