Online Learning – Management Practices

Woodland Stewards Webinar Series – Getting to know your woodlands (on-demand webinar)
Southern forests are among the most diverse and productive in the world. These forests have evolved over tens of thousands of years through natural as well as human forces. Today’s Southern forests range from natural stands of hardwood, cypress, and pine to planted pines and even hardwoods from the mountains of Missouri and Virginia to the swamps of Louisiana and Florida. Landowners attending this session will learn how natural and human forests have shaped the forest in this region and the importance of this knowledge when developing management plans and practices on their forests.

Silviculture for Non-foresters: Managing a Forest for Multiple Objectives (on-demand webinar)
This webinar will examine the growth and development of trees and forests and how to manipulate these characteristics to maximize multiple benefits, including forest products, forest health, wildlife habitat, and visual quality. Important terminology and techniques will be explained and the pathway from regeneration to maturity illustrated for some of the more important tree species of the Eastern US. Concepts are applicable to forests in diverse locations.

Woodland Stewards Webinar Series – Woodland Management: What is Right for You and Your Woodland? (on-demand webinar)
Managing your woodlands to grow healthy forests and produce revenue depends on making the right choices for your location. Selecting the right trees to plant depends on many biological factors of your land such as the range of soil types and the climate. There are other factors that may limit your trees’ growth too, such as sunlight, water availability and temperature. Planting and management choices are also influenced by the financial aspects of the current and potential future markets. This session will help woodland owners to understand how stand dynamics and market considerations are used in the application of management.

Woods for Wildlife: Forest Management in Wetlands and Conservation Status Focusing on Rare and Endangered Species (on-demand webinar)
What does endangered mean? How about threatened? Are those different? What do I have to do? This webinar will describe the Endangered Species Act and define terminology for the categories of rarity and the general regulations for each. By participating in this webinar you will learn the rare species that occur in the 14-county NC Woods for Wildlife focal area. You will also become familiar with your responsibilities for those species, but more importantly your opportunities to benefit them.

Woodland Owner Lunch and Learn – Forest Road, Boundary Line Maintenance and Beaver Management (on-demand webinar)
What do roads, boundary lines and beavers have in common? They all require management and maintenance on a regular basis to ensure sustainability of working forests. This webinar will address best practices for maintaining forest roads to protect water quality, boundary line maintenance and how to address beaver issues with special emphasis on the North Carolina program through USDA-APHIS called BMAP or Beaver Management Assistance Program.

Woodland Owner Lunch and Learn – Timber Sales: Is it time to sell? (on-demand webinar)
Learning from experience can be very expensive when it comes to timber sales, many of which are once- or twice-in-a-lifetime occurrences. Dr. Bardon will explain how timber is sold and give tips on seeking professional help. Dr. Parajuli will explain markets and provide insight into managing for flat timber prices By using this information, you can make your next (or first) timber sale both a pleasant and profitable experience.

Woodland Stewards Webinar Series – Managing your woodlands (on-demand webinar)
Today’s Southern forests range from natural stands of hardwood, and pine to planted pines and even hardwoods from the mountains of Missouri and Virginia to the swamps of Louisiana and Florida. Landowners attending this session will learn the basics on pine and hardwood management. Topics covered include:
1.) Growing and managing southern pines, to include site selection and preparation, ecological requirements, regeneration methods, intermediate management, and tips for final harvest.
2.) Basic characteristics of existing hardwood stands, evaluation methods to assess existing hardwood stand management potential, and making basic decisions on future management.
3.) How to identify degraded hardwood stands, determine acceptable growing stock, and assess options available and tradeoffs to make degraded hardwood stand more desirable, profitable and sustainable.

Biomass Harvesting
Biomass harvesting guideline implementation provides opportunities but can also be challenging to implement. Recent research lead by N.C. State University provides findings from on-the-ground implementation of alternative biomass retention approaches. Professional loggers were asked to apply varying percentages and distribution patterns of logging debris (woody biomass) after harvest. This webinar discusses the feasibility of operational application based on logger results and impressions, as well as a quick inventory metric that can be applied in the field to measure biomass retention.

Sustainably Growing Timber, Pasture and Livestock: Trees Into Pasture
Silvopasture is an agroforestry practice that sustainably produces timber, livestock, and forage on the same land. Current technologies, such as portable electric fence and management intensive rotational grazing enable managers options not available in previous decades.

Are You Growing Your Best Timber?
For some woodland owners timber management is a high priority of ownership, and most owners recognize there is some value in their timber. Ultimately, most woodlots are eventually harvested. Many activities by woodland owners influence timber volume and value. Timber is an asset to the owner, and can accumulate significant value if managed appropriately.

Thinning Practices to Improve Forest Health and Tree Vigor
The benefits of thinning are well documented, but selecting the correct trees can have a profound influence on the success of the thinning treatment. This presentation reviews some of the scientific literature that describes how trees will respond to thinning, and what owners and managers might expect as a growth response.

Hardwood Forest Management for Health and Productivity
Proper hardwood forest management in the southeastern U.S. is critical to preserving the ecology, health, and vitality of the forest. Poor management tactics (e.g. high-grading) can result in forests with substandard timber and poor health. This webinar discusses hardwood forest management in the southern states, with an emphasis on proper and accepted management techniques that both promote forest health and productivity.

Pond Management (video)
This is a comprehensive guide to basic pond management for quality fishing with information on site planning and pond construction, fish stocking and harvesting, fertilization, liming and other management options, and solving common pond problems.

Balancing Objectives and Outcomes for Wildlife Habitat and Forest Management (webinar) This webinar will discuss strategies for multi-use forestry; specifically managing forests for health and productivity while creating deer-friendly habitats.

Integrative Forest Management for Wildlife and Forest Health (webinar)
This webinar will discuss forest management strategies to improve wildlife habitat in forests while maintaining productivity and health.  Different methods to meet these objectives will be covered.