The Master Tree Farmer Program is an intensive educational program designed to introduce landowners to many of the topics associated with forest management. The programs are not designed to make landowners into foresters, but to acquaint landowners with forestry terms and concepts so they can effectively converse with foresters about the management of their property. We have documented that landowners are more willing to see forestry practiced on their land when they understand why things are done.
The Master Tree Farmer courses are the only satellite broadcasts of their kind for forest landowners throughout the South. Each participating state land grant university has a coordinator making arrangements for their programs. Clemson University serves as the host for the programs. Forestry professionals from universities and private and public organizations participate as instructors and presenters. Broadcasts are live from Clemson to viewing locations around the South.
The 2015 Master Tree Farmer will be conducted every Tuesday evening beginning on Januray 27, 2015 continuing through February 17, 2015. The program will start at 7:00pm and end at 8:30pm. This year the program will be delivered via the internet which means you will have the option to watch it at home. However, there are some sites that will be available for viewing the program. A list of live sites will be posted here as soon as they become available. Click here for more information on the 2015 program.
January 27 - An examination of two land certification programs: American Tree Farm System and the QDMA Land Certification program.
February 3 - Use of prescribed fire in pine management.
February 10 - Forest Genetics: Is improved stock worth the investment?
February 17 - Forest Pests: Current and Future Threats
Landowners, persons considering land ownership, and those who are interested in managing their land will find these workshops an exceptional opportunity. Anyone with forest cover on part of their property will learn about practicing sustainable forestry and managing the land to meet their objectives. All courses are also open to loggers and foresters.
Objectives are for attendees to:
Learn how to practice sustainable forestry.
Determine options available to manage their land and meet their objectives.
Understand stewardship considerations for land management.
Learn about best management practices for protecting the environment.
Become acquainted with services and assistance available for managing forest land.
The Regional Extension Forester - Southern Region
South Carolina Tree Farm Committee
The American Tree Farm System
And others participating at the local and state level