Master Tree Farmer II Program

This workshop is designed for people who have completed Master Tree Farmer Level One, or who have experience with forest management activities.

What are the objectives of the program?

Landowners and persons considering land ownership who are interested in managing their land will find this workshop an exceptional opportunity. Anyone with forest cover on part of their property will learn how to practice sustainable forestry and manage the land to meet their objectives. The course introduces you to best management practices for protecting the environment, discusses different prescriptions for management, intensive management practices and wildlife management.

Session 1 - Managing the Forest Site

This session will concentrate on managing the forest site rather than outputs such as timber, wildlife, recreation or some combination of these. Topics will include the soil system and the water system and how these systems need to be managed to allow long-term sustainability of the forest. Two other topics will be aesthetics and managing the forest on a landscape scale.


George Kessler - Soil and Water Systems.
Wayne Clatterbuck - Aesthetics and Landscape Management.
Landowner Eddie Drayton - Bottomland hardwood management in the Pee Dee River floodplain.

Session 2 - Forest Management Options

This session will present case studies of management prescriptions for a variety of forest stands. Each case study will show steps to develop and maintain the forest stand for timber products and to continue the stands on a sustainable long-term basis. Low density management options will be discussed such as managing residual stands following hurricanes and natural disasters for each forest stand presented.


John Hodges - Bottomland Hardwood Management.
John Hodges - Upland Hardwood Management.
Rhett Johnson - Uneven-age Pine Management and Converting Pine Stands to Longleaf Pine.
Jim Guldin - Mixed Stand Management.

Session 3 - BMP’s and Water Quality

There are many best management practices that influence how forests are managed. This session will concentrate on forest best management practices for: streamside management zones (SMZ’s), forest road construction, managing forest roads, and pre-harvest planning.


John Auel (MS) Road Construction and Road Maintenance
Jeff Stringer (KY) Pre Harvest Planning and Streamside Management Zones

Session 4 - Controlling Unwanted Vegetation

This session will concentrate on practices to control undesirable vegetation on forest sites. The vegetation being controlled will vary from low value hardwoods in hardwood stands, to invasive plants, to herbaceous vegetation during establishment, to favoring native herbaceous vegetation after establishment, to managing for wildlife, to managing pines for fiber. Techniques will include mechanical systems, herbicides and fire.


Larry Nelson - Herbicides and Mechanical Control
George Kessler - Prescribed Fire

Session 5 - Forest Health

This session will provide an overview of forest health issues and will concentrate on managing stands to maintain forest health. Topics will include: an overview of forest health as influenced by natural phenomena and how to manage forests to accommodate natural phenomena and maintain forest health; and major forest insects and diseases and managing stands to prevent these problems and maintain forest health. Conditions which increase risk such as stand composition and interactions with the forest site will be covered.


Ed Barnard and Bud Mayfield (FL)

Session 6 - Forest Measurements and Forest Products

This session will concentrate on some of the products available from the forest and the standards for each of the products as well as how to manage your forest for each product.


Mac Leopold
Landowner Brooks Lawton – wetlands mitigation bank, pine straw broker.

Session 7 - Wildlife Habitat Management and Landowner Success Stories

This session will deal with two topics. The first will be management practices to enhance wildlife habitat on your forest by establishing and managing native warm season grasses. The second topic will be landowners with acreages of under 100, 400, and 900 acres sharing their experiences with programs such as Master Tree Farmer to move their land management activities to a higher level. Landowners will see some of the possibilities for the management of their property.


Craig Harper
Landowners: Dyches Family (900 acres) and Linda Carruth (400 acres)