The University of Florida offers online educational opportunities through the UF/IFAS Extension Online Learning Catalog. UF/IFAS Extension experts in forestry and natural resources topics recently launched a new category, Forest Resources and Management, and opened enrollment to its first course offering, the Forest Landowner Academy.
The Forest Landowner Academy is the first of its kind offered by the UF/IFAS School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences on the online learning platform. Forest landowners and others who need forest management information are encouraged to enroll so they can connect with UF/IFAS forest management experts and receive quality core educational content on forestry and multiple-use stewardship concepts.
Registrants can go at their own pace to gain comprehensive knowledge and skills related to forest resources and active management over seven course modules:
- Understanding your forest resources
- Developing your management plan
- Timber management
- Marketing forest products
- Other forest enterprises such as pine straw and hunting leases
- Wildlife management
- Planning for the future
Each module includes recorded video presentations from the field or virtual classroom, links to reference materials and an assessment questionnaire to apply what’s been learned to your land or situation.
In addition to being better prepared and equipped to be good stewards of forest resources, those who complete the course will earn a University of Florida Certificate of Completion. The enrollment fee is $150.
This course is relevant to Florida landowners and those in the neighboring coastal plain regions of Georgia and Alabama. Landowners can build on this course with future educational offerings from the Florida Land Steward Program and other partners in Florida and neighboring states.
Enroll in the Forest Landowner Academy today on the Extension Online Learning platform: ifas-sfrc-for.catalog.instructure.com/courses/for-fla.
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