Extension forestry in the United States: Master volunteer and other peer-learning programs

Amanda M. Kueper, Eli S Sagor, Charlie Blinn, Dennis R. Becker

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Abstract

Extension Forestry has long acted as a medium for landowner education and engagement through a variety of programs that encourage peer learning. We describe recent trends and innovations in Extension Forestry programming by reporting the results of surveys and focus groups with the managers of 39 (of 42 identified) Extension Forestry master volunteer and other peer-learning programs. These programs combine instruction from experts with peer learning and volunteerism to provide nonformal adult education for family forest owners. Results indicate that Extension Forestry peer-learning programs are evolving to address emerging issues and to use recent developments in communication and educational technologies, such as online programming and social media. With median annual budgets of just over $10,000, several programs target small and often underserved segments of the landowner population, such as women and absentee landowners. Although program outputs and demands for service are increasing, many program managers face reduced budgets and a variety of challenges to program sustainability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-31
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Forestry
Volume112
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Communications
  • Education
  • Landowner
  • Nonindustrial private forest
  • Peer exchange
  • Peer-to-peer
  • Private lands

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