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'Woods in Your Backyard' workshop set for March 8

by on March 06, 2014 9:00 AM

"Woods in Your Backyard: Creating Healthy Habitats for People, Plants and Wildlife," workshop will be held Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Forest Resources Building Auditorium at Penn State.

It's designed for anyone interested in improving their yard or small acreage lot for the benefit of humans, flora and fauna.

By enhancing wooded areas or creating natural areas on your lot, you can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife, improved water quality and reduced energy costs.

This workshop is designed specifically (but not exclusively) for smaller landscapes. Owners of even the smallest landscapes can make a positive difference in their environment, through planning and implementing simple stewardship practices.

Topics in the workshop will include: Forest ecology, your woods and water, tree planting practices, woodland management techniques, controlling invasive species, creating or improving wildlife habitat, converting lawns to woods or meadows, pollinator habitat, landowner resources and more.

All participants in the workshop will remain together for the morning sessions and then choose their afternoon sessions based on interest. Participants will also receive a full-color, 139-page manual called, "The Woods in Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas Around Your Home." This self-directed book will guide you through the process of developing and implementing projects to enhance your land's natural resources.

"Woods in Your Backyard" is sponsored by Forests for the Bay, Penn State Extension, ClearWater Conservancy and Centre County Conservation District. The workshop will cost $25 per individual or $40 for two people from the same household.

For more information and to register you can visit or call (814) 355-4897.

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