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It takes years to grow a healthy forest. Let us help you learn to care for yours! The Master Woodland Owner program is a cohort-driven educational program in which you will learn from experts and other forest landowners.


Additional members of the same household are eligible to receive a discounted registration. Contact Emily Dombeck at edombeck@umn.edu or 612-624-6709 for more details on the discount and to receive your coupon code. The coupon code must be entered at the time of registration to receive the discount.


This class meets online and in person. Online topics will be offered as a series of self-paced modules with exercises and group discussions. Students will receive an email letting them know that the next module is open, and introducing the topic and objectives of that module. Participants will also be expected to attend several in-person sessions throughout the course.


After completing the Master Woodland Owner program, participants will be able to:

  • develop a plan and goals for their property

  • identify common trees and invasive plants

  • map their property and conduct a woodland inventory

  • consider the different reasons and ways to manage their woods

  • find and talk with natural resources professionals

  • select appropriate trees and know how to plant them

  • discuss financial considerations of land ownership (including tax incentives and estate planning) with their family and financial/tax advisors


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Section Title
Master Woodland Owner: North Shore Lost Forest
Online, self paced
Mar 31, 2020 to Sep 04, 2020
Delivery Options
Blended or Hybrid  
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $275.00
Section Details

We know how deeply you care about your property, that's why we've developed the Master Woodland Owner: North Shore Lost Forest program. This comprehensive education program provides you with the resources you need to restore long lived conifers to your property, protect your trees from deer browse and keep your woodland healthy for future generations.

Education to Fit your Schedule

Eleven self-paced e-learning modules are included. Each module contains exercises and group discussions. A new module is opened every two weeks. 

Meet with and learn from your neighbors: Four in-person field tours will be held at participant’s properties. To answer your questions, and dig deeper into topics of interest, four phone/web conferences will be held,.

The first phone/web conference will be held on Tuesday, March 31. The first e-learning module opens on Thursday, April 2. The first in-person field tour will be at Sugarloaf: The North Shore Forest Stewardship Association Nature Center on Friday, June 12.

Comprehensive Learning

After completing the Master Woodland Owner program, you will:

  • Understand how to restore and protect long lived conifers on your property,
  • Have an action plan for completing one project,
  • Know who to contact if you need assistance, and
  • Understand what species are likely to thrive as our climate changes.

It takes years to grow a healthy forest. We will help you care for, and plan for the future of your woodland.


A rate of $275 includes the first two family members. The registration fee also includes a site visit to the participant’s woodland property, if interested, by one of the instructors.

Additional family members may register for $50. Contact edombeck@umn.edu for the family member discount code before registering. Discount codes must be used at the time of registration, and cannot be applied retroactively.

This program is supported and co-sponsored by Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association.

Course content questions: Mike Reichenbach, reich027@umn.edu, 218-726-6470
Registration and discount questions: Emily Dombeck, edombeck@umn.edu, 612-624-8165
User Name or Password help: UMN Help Desk, HELP@umn.edu, 612-301-4357

Visit the Master Woodland Owner Program website for more information on this and upcoming courses.

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