The CCE Master Forest Owner (MFO) volunteer program helps woodland owners learn about, manage, and enjoy their woods (www.CornellMFO.info). The MFO volunteers are trained by Cornell University Cooperative Extension to provide non-technical peer-to-peer support for woodlot owners through site visits to the owner’s property. This campus-based program started in 1993 and is administered through 5 CCE educators who serve as regional directors and me, the statewide director. One of our goals is to ensure there are MFO volunteers in each county who can assist other woodland owners.
Please note that proficiency or technical skill in “forestry” is not a requirement. We provide a foundation of basic technical content through the online training (https://canvas.cornell.edu/courses/40112), field sessions, and annual refresher training events. 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.
Last updated January 20, 2023