Keystone Training

The 3-day Keystone training program is held each spring. Training focuses on forest ecology and management, wildlife management and land conservation. The training involves both indoor and field components. See a sample program. In addition to the intensive weekend training, participants are also given a significant amount of take-home resources. Room and board are covered with the exception of a modest registration fee. After becoming a Keystone Cooperator by attending the training program, UMass Extension continues to support graduates of the program, called Keystone Cooperators, through Keystone Reunions and Refresher Courses.

In exchange for this significant investment in training and resources Keystone Cooperators agree to return to their communities and volunteer at least 30-hours of their time to a project or projects of their choosing. Learn more about past Keystone Cooperator projects.

The Keystone program educates those in a position to make a difference for Forest Conservation; you do not need to be a forest landowner. Applications are reviewed for applicant experience, connectedness within the community, special skills, and diversity.

The next annual training will be held in April 16th - 19th, 2015, at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. Applications are due March 9th. Decisions will be made mid-March. Apply to the Keystone Training Program


Friday, April 4:

Historical perspective on land use. John O'Keefe

Ecological principles. Dave Kittredge

Elements of wildlife habitat. Brian Hawthorne

Elements of timber management. Dave Kittredge

Invasive insects. Jennifer Forman-Orth

Saturday, 5 April:

Restoring old growth characteristics. Paul Catanzaro

Invasive plants. Chris Polatin

Asssessing opportunities at the landscape level. Laura Marx

Sunday, 6 April:

The landowner decision cycle. Paul Catanzaro.


Cooperator Quotes

"Thank you for a wonderful, educational, inspiring weekend. I come away with great motivation and courage to implement some new ideas!"
“Of many meetings on conservation that I have attended, this was the best!"