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The Woods In Your Backyard Workshop

Woodstock, Md. (January 26, 2012) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service, the Howard County Conservancy and the Alliance for the Chesapeake will host a two-part Woods in Your Backyard workshop for landowners. The sessions will be held February 15 and 22 in Howard County.

“The vast majority of landowners in Maryland have less than 10 acres,” said Craig Highfield Forestry for the Bay program manager. “Small lots, wooded or not, are a big deal. Enhancing wooded areas or creating natural areas are vital to a region’s wildlife, water quality, aesthetics and more.”

The Woods in Your Backyard program was developed by cooperative extension educators in the Mid-Atlantic region to help meet the natural resources needs of a growing number of smaller acreage landowners. Owners of even just a few acres can make a positive difference in their environment through planning and implementing simple stewardship practices outlined in this program.

Topics will include; forest ecology and woodland management principles, tree identification techniques, wildlife habitat projects, how to convert lawn to natural areas and invasive species control.

The workshop consists of two classes, one week apart. The time in-between will give participants the chance to practice what they have learned on their own land. The sessions will go over the program manual and provide guidance on how to use the resources.

Participants are asked to attend both sessions, taking place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, February 15 and 22 at the Gudelsky Education Center at the Howard County Conservancy located at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Registration is due by Friday, February 10.

The workshop is $20 per person or $30 per couple (from same household). The fee includes the workshop book & light refreshments. For more information and to register visit, and scroll down to find the event, or contact Craig Highfield at 410-267-5723 or

   January 26, 2012

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at