Lost Forest/Master Woodland Program 2020

We know how deeply you care about your property, that’s why we’ve developed the Master Woodland Owner program and tailored the North Shore/Lost Forest class. This comprehensive education program provides you with the resources you need to restore long lived conifers to your property, protect your trees from deer browse and keep your woodland healthy for future generations.

Comprehensive Learning

After completing the Master Woodland Owner program, you will:

  • Understand how to restore and protect long lived conifers on your property,
  • Have an action plan for completing one project,
  • Know who to contact if you need assistance, and
  • Understand what species are likely to thrive as our climate changes.

It takes years to grow a healthy forest. We will help you care for, and plan for the future of your woodland.

Education to Fit your Schedule

Eleven self-paced e-learning modules are included. Each module contains exercises and group discussions. A new module is opened every two weeks. 

Meet with and learn from your neighbors: Four in-person field tours will be held at participant’s properties. To answer your questions, and dig deeper into topics of interest, four phone/web conferences will be held,.

The first phone/web conference will be held on Tuesday March 31. The first e-learning module opens on Thursday April 2. The first in-person field tour will be at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center on Friday June 12, 2019.

View Class Syllabus (PDF will open in a new tab)


Registration is now open. (You will be redirected to a University of MN Extension website). A rate of $275 includes the first two family members. Additional members may register for $50. The fee also includes a site visit to the participant’s woodland property, if interested, by one of the instructors.

Course content questions: Mike Reichenbach, reich027@umn.edu, 218-726-6470
Registration: Emily Dombeck, edombeck@umn.edu, 612-624-6709

This program is supported and co-sponsored by Sugarloaf:The North Shore Stewardship Association. It is also funded in part by NOAA, Office for Coastal Management and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Program.