Land Steward Hybrid Short Course

This new Land Steward course from Oregon State University Extension features a blend of online, classroom and field instruction. This expert-led course is well-suited for busy adults who enjoy online learning but also want to see stewardship in action and includes self-paced online lessons, one weeknight classroom session in Central Point, and two dynamic field days with local experts at sites in rural Jackson County.

Land Steward Course Overview

In this course, you will gain essential insights into wildfire risk reduction, woodland management, encouraging and controlling wildlife, stream ecology, pasture management, growing healthy soils, small acreage infrastructure, stewardship planning, and more.

Throughout the course, you can expect to spend up to two hours per week on each self-paced online lesson and related activities. You will also complete a series of resource assessment to get to know your property better and develop a management plan for your property using our landowner-friendly template.

Through the online materials and in-person sessions, you will develop property management and planning skills, see real-life examples of land stewardship in action, network with other landowners, and meet natural resource professionals and learn how they can support you.

Land Steward Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe basic stewardship practices for woodlands, wildlife, soils, pastures, water resources, streams and riparian areas.
  • Conduct an assessment for each of these resources to identify potential resource concerns, healthy conditions and potential follow-up actions.
  • Create a management plan for your property to help you meet your goals and improve resource stewardship.
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Rachel Werling

Rachel grew up in Minnesota on a family dairy farm. After studying environmental biology and botany at Humboldt State University in California, she served as a forestry volunteer in the Peace Corps in Ecuador. She lived in Oaxaca, Mexico for twelve years where she stewarded three acres of land.

Through Arizona State University, Rachel completed her Master’s degree in botany while in Oaxaca. Her thesis is an illustrated flora of native woody species. Prior to the Land Stewards, Rachel worked for OSU Extension coordinating a community watershed outreach and education program.

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