Forest Training

Master Forest Owner Volunteer Training


Master Forest Owner Volunteer Training 2023

  • Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday, April 11, 2023, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday, May 2, 2023, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Have you ever thought about using your status as a woodland owner and expanded knowledge and skill to help your neighbor woodland owners? Join the hundreds of woodland owners who have served their neighbors since 1991.

As a woodland owner you have a unique perspective and status that allows you to serve as a peer-to-peer counselor to help other woodland owners in your area. Your existing skills are enhanced by educational resources available through Cornell Cooperative Extension and Cornell’s ForestConnect program. Learn how to merge your skills with existing resources so you can be a volunteer that helps other woodland owners more thoroughly enjoy and manage their property. You are invited to the annual training for Cornell’s Master Forest Owner (MFO) volunteers. MFO volunteers work through Cornell Cooperative Extension to visit woodland owners in their county and direct them towards resources that help them manage their woodlands. This training is open for new volunteers and previously trained volunteers seeking a refresher.

Applicants selected to participate will join in 7 weekly online sessions via Zoom, and subsequently meet in person in early to May or June for a one-day field session at one of multiple within the state. Online sessions are 6:30 – 7:30PM Tuesdays March 21 through May 2. These sessions include 2 orientation sessions and 5 technical content sessions which provide participants increased knowledge about: woodland ecology and health, wildlife and habitat, interfering vegetation management, silviculture, and agroforestry. Participants should plan to allocate 3-4 hours per week to learn the technical content via guided online learning and spend an hour per week in a live interactive discussion session.

All woodland owners in NY are welcome. Owners interested in becoming a volunteer should start the process here . The fee is $35 per person and $50 per couple which includes the full training, and supplies and resources provided at the field session. Previously trained volunteers are also welcome at $18/person and $25/couple.  A secure email link will be provided by email once application is complete.

For consideration to participate in the training, complete the following steps by March 14:

  1. Complete registration application after reviewing other materials here.
  2. Be alert to an email from your regional director to meet via Zoom after completing your application.
  3. Payment made via a secure online link provided to you after you talk with your regional director.

Within 6 months of the training:

  1. Have a visit on your property conducted by an existing MFO volunteer.
  2. Shadow a visit to a woodland owner in your area with a local MFO volunteer.

If you have any questions about the MFO program, you can learn more at or from Program Director Peter Smallidge at or 607-592-3640. 

You can also contact the Regional Director for your county here


$35 per person and $50 per couple

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Brett Chedzoy
Senior Resource Educator in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Regional Director for the CCE Master Forest Owner volunteer program, Forest Manager for Cornell’s Arnot Teaching and Research Forest

Last updated January 26, 2023