August 2017 - North Shore

We know how deeply you care about your land. That's why we've developed the Master Woodland Owner program and tailored it especially for owners of property along the North Shore of Lake Superior. This comprehensive education program teaches you the ins and outs of caring for your trees, tree planting to fit your schedule and budget, estate planning, and more.

It takes years to grow a healthy forest. We can teach you how to cultivate, care for, and plan for the future of your woodland.

Beginning this August, the University of Minnesota will offer the Master Woodland Owner program with a focus on restoring forest health and long-lived conifers to the North Shore. Four woodland field tours will be included in the cost of this program. These field tours begin in August with online modules starting in September. The last field tour will be in April of 2018.


The class is open to anyone; however, the cost of the program for persons with woodland property along the North Shore of Lake Superior has been reduced to $100 per family through a grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation. North Shore residents may apply for reduced registration at

Landowners outside the grant target area are still welcome to register for the course at the standard rate of $195. Additional family members are eligible for a discount; contact us for the discount code before registering. Register here for Master Woodland Owner North Shore.

Education to Fit your Schedule

Eleven online topics are offered as a series of self-paced modules with exercises and group discussions. Complete the work on your schedule while still contributing to group learning. Four in-person one day field tours of your class participants properties will be held to help answer your questions and to provide an opportunity to meet with and learn from your neighbors.

Comprehensive Learning

After completing the Master Woodland Owner program, you will be able to:

  • consider new options to care for your woods
  • identify common trees and invasive plants
  • map your property and conduct a woodland inventory
  • find and talk with natural resources professionals
  • select appropriate trees and know how to plant them
  • develop and refine goals for restoring long lived conifers to the North Shore