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Forest Stewardship Workshop: Goals, Inventory, and Planning


An Ecological Approach to Forest Stewardship: Virtual Workshop Series

In this session...

  • Setting future goals 
  • Helpful resources for developing your plan 
  • Measure the current health of your forest
  • ‘In the field’ video – Inventory and measure your forest
  • Bringing it full circle – An ecological approach to forest stewardship

Our forests provide important services such as clean air and water, flood control, natural cooling, supplemental income, scenic views, and sites for outdoor recreation. But did you know that three-quarters of New York’s forested lands are privately owned? This means that anyone who owns or manages forested lands can influence the health and future of this important resource for everyone.  

Your management decisions can impact surrounding ecosystems, with effects for people, wildlife, and natural resources. Our upcoming workshop series – An Ecological Approach to Forest Stewardship – will give you the tools you need to understand how your decisions influence forest health and function, and how you can help steward this critical resource.

This workshop series, led by Dutchess Land Conservancy Ecologist Julie Hart and Cary Institute Wildlife Biologist Mike Fargione, will explore the basics of forest ecology and stewardship. Participants will learn about the ecology and history of local forests, how to identify threats to forest health, and how to create a simple forest inventory – with a focus on using an ecological approach to set management goals.   

An Ecological Approach to Forest Stewardship is designed for anyone interested in learning about forest stewardship, from backyard woodlots to larger woodlands. The series will consist of three 1½ hour sessions from 6:00 – 7:30pm EDT on consecutive Tuesdays. Attendance at all three sessions is recommended, but not required.

Additional sessions:

May 4, 2021 – Forest Stewardship Workshop: Ecology & History of Northeast Forests

  • Why are forests important?
  • It’s a scale thing (space and time)
  • The parts are all connected
  • Succession – Nature does not stand still
  • How land use history has shaped today’s forests

May 11, 2021 – Forest Stewardship Workshop: Threats to Northeast Forests

  • Impacts of development, habitat loss, and fragmentation
  • The changing composition of our forests due to invasive plants, pests, and pathogens
  • Deer impacts on our forest communities
  • Doing nothing is doing something

The event is sponsored by Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and Dutchess Land Conservancy.