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Managing Your Land:
Natural Resources Opportunities for Landowners

A Master Tree Farmer/Master Wildlifer Series for the Southern U.S.
October 11 - November 8, 2012
An Internet Broadcast

Session 1 - October 11, 2012: Introduction to Natural Resource Conservation

Presented by Dr. Patrick McMillan, Host of ETV's Expeditions

This session focuses on the history of natural resource conservation and management across the southern landscape until today.

•    Definition of natural resources
•    Examples of natural resources
•    History of natural resource conservation and management
•    Factors that have shaped the natural resource landscape that we see today
•    Evolution of a natural resources conservation ethic
•    Physiographical regions of the South and natural resource communities
•    The North American model of natural resource conservation
•    Natural resource management in a changing environmental, economic and social era
•    Where to get more information


Session 2 - October 18, 2012: Natural Resource Enterprise Considerations for Your Land

Dr. Daryl Jones, Mississippi State University

This session provides an overview of the opportunities available for landowners to manage their natural resources for revenue.

•    Definition of a natural resource enterprise
•    Examples of natural resource enterprises (fee hunting, fee fishing, horse trail riding, wildlife watching, forestry/agritourism, bed and breakfast, others)
•    Revenue potential for natural resource enterprises
•    Developing a natural resource enterprise
•    Development of a business plan
•    Liability and legal concerns
•    Case study examples
•    Available resources
•    Scheduled NRE workshops and courses


Session 3 - October 25, 2012: Wildlife Conservation on Your Land

Dr. Don Reed, Louisiana State University and Dr. Greg Yarrow, Clemson University

This session provides an overview of how to manage your land for wildlife.

•    Definition of wildlife and wildlife conservation/management
•    Brief history of wildlife conservation in the South
•    Wildlife requirements
•    Habitat management
•    Population management
•    Defining wildlife management goals
•    Wildlife management planning
•    Available resources
•    Habitat resiliency in the face of climate change
•    Where to go for more information and assistance
•    Brief mention of topics to be covered in Master Wildlifer series in Spring 2013 for more in-depth information on wildlife management   

Session 4 - November 1, 2012: Forest Management on Your Land

Dr. Tammy Cushing, Clemson University and Dr. Jeff Stringer, University of Kentucky

This session provides an overview of forest management techniques and options.

•    Definition of forest and forest management
•    Brief history of forest management in the South
•    Defining forest management goals
•    Managing for timber revenue
•    Pine forest management
•    Hardwood forest management
•    Mixed pine-hardwood management
•    Forest management planning
•    Considerations of owning property (how to find, property taxes, general costs, cost-sharing opportunities, and where to find help)
•    Available resources
•    Brief mention of topics to be covered in Master Tree Farmer series in Spring 2013 for more in-depth information on forest management

Session 5 - November 8, 2012: Natural Resource Appreciative Values and Uses on Your Land

Dr. Karen Hall, Clemson University and Ms. Amy Rager, Minnesota Master Naturalist State Coordinator

This session focuses on identifying, understanding and managing for appreciative natural resource values on private land.

•    Definition of natural resource appreciative values
•    Defining natural resource appreciative value goals
•    Overview of select case studies and projects
•    Available resources
•    Overview of the Master Naturalist Programs and program coordinators in the South