Master Woodland Managers Program Registration Now Open

Written by Theresa Rose on July 18, 2016

AMES, Iowa — Beginning on Aug. 25th the 40th session of Iowa’s highly successful Master Woodland Managers Program will begin at the Shimek State Forest headquarters near Farmington, Iowa. This educational program involves 32 hours of intensive field- and classroom-oriented forestry instruction designed specifically for woodland owners or managers, public land managers, and natural resource consultants.


Course instruction focuses on various aspects of woodland management, including tree and shrub identification, basic tree biology, land and tree measurements, protection from insects and diseases, tree planting and pruning, wildlife management, timber marketing, and wood utilization. Both indoor classroom instruction and outdoor laboratory sessions will be used in this program.


Professionals from various agencies and organizations including Iowa State University, Iowa DNR, tree farmers and county conservation boards, and forestry consultants will provide instruction. A textbook and a reference notebook, plus various other technical handout materials will be provides as supporting materials.


This educational program will consist of a total of 32 hours (6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 1st and Sept. 8th. 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22nd, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29th). A $50 ($65 for couples) registration fee to help cover costs of materials is required and graduates are expected to contribute at least 30 hours of public service after completing the course. Service projects could include a variety of activities designed to improve and expand tree resources in Iowa (assisting with 4-H projects, community tree plantings, attending/helping with forestry field days, etc.).


The Master Woodland Managers Program is sponsored by Iowa State University Forestry Extension, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry, the Iowa Tree Farm Committee, and Iowa Woodland Owners Association. To date, 934 individuals have graduated from this program since it was initiated in 1988, and more than 22,000 public service hours have been contributed.


Anyone interested in receiving more program information and an application form should contact Jesse Randall, ISU Extension Forester, 339 Science II, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 50011-1021 (phone: 515-294-1168, or e-mail: Or find more information on the web at


Application deadline is August 5th, 2016. A maximum of 20 people will be admitted to this educational program.