Providing timely information to woodland owners and other rural landowners can be a challenging task. Developing partnerships is an important way that Purdue helps meet this challenge. One of our best examples is the Woodland Steward Institute, a 23-year partnership among many member organizations, whose purpose is to promote the wise use of Indiana's forest resources. The primary way the Institute achieves its mission is through the Woodland Steward, a 16-page, two-color publication that includes information on forest stewardship and health, wildlife habitat and management, invasive species, forest policy, pests and diseases, and much more. Three issues are printed and mailed to about 32,000 forest owners throughout the state each year.
The latest issue is now available online. Visitors can also browse or search for past articles and issues. Articles in the current issue include:
- 2014 Timber Price Report
- Calendar of Events
- Regeneration Cutting on Private Woodlands
- Water Bar for Continuous Road Use
- Forestry Best Management Practices
- Invasive Species: Best Management Practices – Part 1
- Ask the Steward
- Days Gone By
The Woodland Steward is a unique and high-quality resource for Indiana. Subscribers think enough of it that they donate money to the institute which pays for the printing and mailing of one issue each year. In a recent survey of readers, 54 percent regularly utilize information from the Steward; 51 percent, who own an estimated 1.2 million acres of woodlands, have implemented at least one practice they learned from the Woodland Steward.
Anyone can subscribe to the electronic version of the newsletter here. If you wish, you may also sign up to receive a printed version by sending your name and mailing address to me at email@example.com.
Brian MacGowan, Extension Wildlife Specialist
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University