AMES, Iowa -- Beginning on Tuesday May 3, the 35th session of Iowa's "Master Woodland Managers Program" will be presented at Waubonsie State Park. This educational program involves 32 hours of intensive forestry instruction designed specifically for woodland owners or managers, public land managers and natural resource consultants.
Course instruction focuses on various aspects of woodland management including tree and shrub identification, basic tree biology, forest ecology, land and tree measurements, protection from insects and diseases, tree planting, wildlife management, timber economics and marketing and wood utilization. Indoor classroom instruction and outdoor laboratory sessions will be used in this program.
Thirteen professionals from various agencies and organizations including Iowa State University (ISU), Iowa DNR, Tree Farmers and County Conservation Boards, will provide instruction. A textbook and a reference notebook plus various other technical handout materials will be provides as support materials.
This program will involve four 4-hour evening sessions (6 to 10 p.m.) on May 3, 10, 17 and 24 plus two 8-hour sessions (1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.) on May 31 and June 7.
A $30 ($45 couples) registration fee to help cover costs of materials is required and graduates are expected to contribute at least 32 hours of public service after completing the course. Service projects could include a variety of activities designed to improve and expand tree resources in Iowa.
The Master Woodland Managers Program is sponsored by ISU Extension, Forestry Extension, the Bureau of Forestry Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Tree Farm Committee, the Iowa Woodland Owners Association, and County Conservation Boards. To date, 856 individuals have graduated from this program since it was initiated in 1988, and more than 22,000 public service hours have been contributed.
The application deadline is April 26 and the class size is limited to 30 participants. Those interested in receiving more information and an application form should contact their local ISU Extension County Office or Forestry Extension, 339 Science II, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-3221 via phone at (515) 294-1168, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Web at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/departments/forestry/ext/mwm.html