Online program addresses woodlot management on Michigan farms

Many Michigan farms include a significant woodlot. Good management can improve your woodlot’s productivity and value.

A “gentle logging” demonstration in Alger County
A “gentle logging” demonstration in Alger County. Photo by Jim Isleib, MSU Extension.

The sixth webinar in the eight-part 2020 Field Crops Webinar Series hosted by Michigan State University Extension is planned for Monday, March 16, 2020 at 7 p.m. The topic will be on woodlot management, featuring MSU Extension natural resources educator Julie Crick. Crick specializes in forest stewardship education and will address the basics of woodlot management to meet a variety of goals, including the production of non-timber forest products.

In addition to harvested timber and firewood, the farm woodlot can provide a variety of benefits. Aesthetic and recreational uses including hunting and wildlife viewing are often important to the farm family. Other less common ideas can also be considered. A non-timber forest product can be defined as any product other than timber that is naturally produced in forests and can be harvested for human use without cutting down trees. Think food items such as nuts, berries, mushrooms and seeds, or non-food items such as oils, perfumes, medicinal plants and boughs, cuttings and cones for wreaths and other decorative purposes.

The live webinar presentation will run 7 - 8 p.m. EST. One MDARD Pesticide Recertification Credit will be available for this live webinar for application to one of the following categories: Private Core, Commercial Core or Field Crops. To receive the credit, participants must be registered and logged on for the entire program.

Participants can view each program in the series independently online. Registration is $20 for the full series of eight webinars or $5 per individual webinar session. To register, visit the 2020 Field Crops Webinar Series registration site.

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