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Master Tree Farmer

The Master Tree Farmer (MTF) course is a "hybrid" course combining online and face-to-face learning. It will incorporate self-paced lectures, discussions, quizzes, and other web-based methods of participant-instructor interaction, along with hands-on participation activities in the field.

To learn more, watch our course introduction video, and read more details about the course below.

About the Course

The course will span over nine weeks, and each Monday morning a new section will be released. The participant will have that week to watch the content for that section.

After completing master tree farmer, participants will learn scientific and practical knowledge to manage forested land to best suit ecological, economical, and recreational forest resources. Master Tree Farmer is intended to build upon a participant's base knowledge of forestry.

Target Audience:

Landowners and land managers. Those interested in advancing their knowledge in reference to forested land management.

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Course Information:

Registration is open until March 17th
Course Dates: April 1- May 20, 2025


Modules & Topics

April 1, 2024

Online Classroom Opens | Welcome & Getting Started

April 1, 2024

Module 1: Introduction to Forestry | Forestry Terms and Concepts, Certification, Forestry Agencies, and Cost Share Assistance

April 8, 2024

Module 2: Harvesting, Marketing, and Merchandising

April 15, 2024

Module 3: Wildlife Management

Module 4.1: Pine Management Part 1 | Intensive Loblolly Pine Management

April 22, 2024

Module 4.2: Pine Management Part 2 | Loblolly Pine Genetic Improvement, Longleaf Pine Management, Optional Pine Management Content

April 29, 2024

Off Week | No New Content Released

May 6, 2024

Module 5: Hardwood Management | Degrade Hardwoods, Stand Development, Thinning Hardwoods, Optional Hardwood Management Content

May 13, 2024

Module 6: Forest Health | Insects, Diseases, and Invasive Species

May 20, 2024

Module 7: Timber Taxes, Estate Planning, and Conservation Easements

May 10, 2024

Field Day (Option 1): Newberry County

June 7, 2024

Field Day (Option 2): Florence County

June 20, 2024

Online Classroom Closes

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Program Coordinator

Derrick Phinney
Natural Resources Program Team Director
Clemson Extension

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