The Master Forest Owner (MFO) volunteer program continues to expand and build on its success as a premier peer-to-peer woodland owner support network. Over the past year we have expanded support to volunteers, improved monitoring of woodland owner needs and requests, and streamlined documentation for impacts. We need your assistance to identify woodland owners to serve as candidates for the training of new volunteers. Please identify 1 or 2 woodland owners that are sincerely interested in sustainable woodland management and who we can train to help them spread the word about woodland management resources.
MFO volunteers do not offer technical assistance, perform management activities, or give professional advice. Rather, they meet with owners to listen to their woodland goals, concerns and questions; volunteers then offer sources of assistance, and encourage them to work with professionals. The success of this program is grounded in the power of approximately 150 peer woodland counselors.
Volunteers can be from any background, young or old, resident or absentee, large or small parcels, with varied woodland experiences. Candidates receive a bit of forest management training, but the program is primarily designed to help them develop as volunteers for peer-to-peer counseling to encourage sustainable woodland management.
The 2018 training will be September 26-29 at the Cornell University Arnot Teaching and Research Forest in Van Etten, NY (www.arnotforest.info). The $125 ($200 per couples) fee helps defray the cost of publications, food, and equipment for the 4-day training. Volunteers may stay at the Arnot at no additional cost. The training combines classroom and outdoor field experiences on a variety of woodland management and educational topics. (scholarships may be available