Ecosystem Services in Working Lands: US Northeast

In the private sector, programs are focused on professional development for foresters.

• The Connecticut Forest and Park Association’s Master Woodland Manager program is a year-long program that provides woodland owners and managers with the knowledge and skills that they need to make decisions for their woodland that can enhance their lives and help wildlife and the environment. • The Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC) Trained Logger Certification is one aspect of the council’s broader Forestry Program that supports training for loggers in order to promote professional timber harvesting on watershed lands for a variety of reasons. Not only do trends in the U.S. Northeast and across the United States indicate that training loggers is the key to developing certifications on private woodlots, but trained loggers are also safer in their harvesting practices, resulting in fewer injuries and a better understanding of sustainability and water quality as it relates to their harvesting decisions. State programs in this category generally provide information and outreach materials about industrial and non-industrial forest lands and are administered by state agencies and/or Cooperative Extension. Cooperative Extension also provides programs for private landowners that provide technical assistance and education to private businesses and landowners who are interested in improving forest management or harvesting practices on lands that are not managed for profit.


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