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Become a Master Woodland Owner

Master Woodland Owner class.

The Master Woodland Owner program delivers a comprehensive training curriculum for private woodland owners interested in becoming better stewards of their woods.

We know how deeply Minnesotans care about their land. That's why we've developed the Master Woodland Owner program. This 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.

Become a steward of your own woodland

Online topics will be offered as a series of self-paced modules with exercises and group discussions. Complete the work on your schedule while still contributing to group learning. Participants will also be expected to attend three in-person sessions throughout the course.

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!

After completing the Master Woodland Owner program, participants will be 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.

Volunteer service

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 Matt Russell at russellm@umn.edu or 612-626-4280.


Reviewed in 2020

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