Forestry

Welcome to Forest Stewardship Education!

More than 1/3 of Delaware is covered with trees. The UD – Renewable Resources Program helps landowners and forest managers who own one tree to 10 acres of woods maintain their trees in good health, plan for future investments, understand the surrounding environment and educate future generations to be aware of our forestlands and all they provide.


AGROFORESTRY

Have you ever thought about growing Shiitake mushrooms or planting windbreaks? These are just two of many agroforestry practices where forestry and agriculture are combined. Others include silvopasture (grazing livestock within woodlands), alley cropping, riparian forest buffers, living snow fences, forest farming, wildlife habitat enhancement, and fuel wood & biomass production. Contact: dotad@udel.edu for more information. USDA National Agroforestry Center website: www.nac.unl.edu.

DELAWARE TREE FARM – DELAWARE FORESTRY ASSOCIATION

Delaware forestland owners have two local opportunities to network and learn from other forestland owners and forest businesses. Interested in becoming part of either organization? Check out: www.delawareforest.com. The American Forest Foundation can be found at: www.forestfoundation.org.

DELAWARE FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL and DELAWARE URBAN & COMMUNITY FORESTRY COUNCIL

Expanding good forest management and providing educational opportunities. Delaware Forest Service website: www.dda.delaware.gov/forestry.

PROGRAM – DELMARVA FORESTRY SEMINAR

Since the early 1980’s this one-day forest landowner event has offered educational and hands-on experiences. Rotated between the Eastern Shore Maryland and Delaware, hundreds of folks interested in forestry attend and share information. Visit the ‘Events’ section for registration information.

INVASIVE & EXOTIC SPECIES

The Delaware Invasive Species Council hosts events throughout Delaware to help educate and protect Delaware’s ecosystems by preventing the introduction and reducing the impact of non-native invasive species. Visit the ‘Events’ section for registration information or www.delawareinvasives.net

PROGRAM – OUTDOOR WOODLAND CLASSROOM

Let’s get our communities outside and experience the natural environment surrounding us! Interested in taking your class through an 18-stop outdoor woodland classroom? Contact Dot Abbott @ dotad@udel.edu for scheduling. The UD outdoor woodland classroom is located in Sussex County, near Georgetown, but there are others throughout the State. We even have a ‘traveling’ Outdoor Woodland Classroom being developed.

PROGRAM – PRUNING/PLANTING/MAINTAINING trees and shrubs can be an overwhelming experience for the plants roots, branches and the operator. The UD-Renewable Resources Program offers classes throughout the year on proper procedures to help homeowners and professionals. Contact dotad@udel.edu for more information or visit the ‘Events’ section.

EVENTS/WORKSHOPS/SEMINARS

 

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