Webinar Schedule and Participants' Guide
Mon. Sept 21, 2020, 6:00-7:30pm Eastern. Webinars will be each Mon evening, skipping October 12 and adding one week to make up for it, so the final webinar will be on Mon Nov 2, for a total of 6 live virtual meetings. Please mark these dates and times in your calendar! If you miss the live webinars, the recordings will be posted in the course afterward.
To access the webinars, you will simply need to click on the webinar join link that is posted in each week of the course, and as is posted in the WEBINAR Connection link of the introductory materials. This link will connect you to the same Zoom meeting space for each week. For this course, the Zoom space is always open, but the instructor will only be in that meeting space during the Monday evening webinar.
You may also join our webinars from a mobile device by installing the official Zoom app from your preferred app store. Then, when it's time for a webinar, simply open your Zoom app and enter the 9-digit meeting ID that will be posted at the top of each week in the course.
Week 1: Overview & Tree Identification (Sept 21, 2020 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM)
Topics covered: Course overview, expectations, why and how to identify trees, best recognizable features of 10 common northeastern trees, and resources on how to learn more trees.
In week 1, student can access the Zoom webinar space 30 minutes prior to each class to test their audio. Students can pre-test their computer audio in their control panel to determine if their microphone and speakers are active. The instructor is unable to give much assistance with your computer hardware.
Week 2: Forest Ecology (Sept 28, 2020 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM)
Topics covered: How soils, land history, and other factors influence what types of trees grow in what locations; how to select trees for a point sample
Week 3: Thinning your woodlot (Oct 5, 2020 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM)
Topics covered: Defining good versus bad trees, how many trees should you have in the woods, estimating the volume and value of a tree, exploitive cutting, different strategies to select trees to retain or cut, chainsaw safety
(skip week - October 12, 2020)
Week 4: Maple Production & Mushroom Production (Oct 19, 2020 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM)
Topics covered: Different strategies to obtain sap, the basics of how sap is made into syrup, what equipment and resources are necessary for syrup production. Also, the opportunities and options for production and sale of gourmet mushrooms.
Week 5: Silvopasture and Firewood (Oct 26, 2020 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM)
Topics covered: Defining what is involved in silvopasture (woodland grazing) and the types of farms that should consider silvopature. Firewood production may be a retail opportunity, or a way to offset on-farm costs for energy.
Week 6: Ownership Objectives and People Who Can Help (Nov 2, 2020 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM)
Topics include: Identifying how your woods can help your financial interests, people who can help and what they can do, resources to help you plan for the future
Below is the link (just click on the big blue box of "Zoom") to join the webinar each Monday from September 21 to November 2, 2020 (skipping October 12). The webinar will run from 6:00 to 7:30 PM (EST), but will open by 5:45PM. Depending on questions and discussion, some webinars will run longer than 90 minutes. All webinars are recorded and archived for students to view. We will use the same connection details/links for all 6 classes.
The password is woodlot (just the word, no numbers)
The meeting ID # if required is 925 5713 6670
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