Using a Collaborative Framework To Develop a Successful Succession Planning Curriculum

Families own 1.3 million of Minnesota's woodlands or about 5.3 million acres. As the owners age, the ownership of this land will change. This change may result in parcelization and fragmentation of woodlands resulting in the loss of economies of scale for timber harvest and loss of ecological values. One approach to keeping working woodlands working is to assist families transfer ownership to the next generation. This transition involves family communication and working through a process that involves different family members perceptions of the lands value and utility. The Minnesota Intergenerational Land Transfer Program focuses on family communication, transfer of the management goals and legal aspects of land transfer using an approach that involves multi-generations within a family unit. This collaborative process will be described using a collaborative curriculum framework.

In this webinar, we will engage participants in a discussion about the University of Minnesota's forest landowner transfer curriculum and teaching process. This curriculum provides an example of how the collaborative learning framework can aid in curriculum design. We will explore how the curriculum might be modified, improved and used in your educational programs.

This is not your typical webinar! Rather than attendees passively watching presenters, this will be a fully interactive learning event where attendees will engage with presenters as well as other attendees with live audio and video. Use this test link from Zoom to test your systems ability to connect to the meeting interactively. In addition to polls, come prepared to share your thoughts about your curriculum with your colleagues via Zoom Breakrooms. Review the collaborative curriculum framework prior to the webinar and be prepared to discuss how your curriculum fits or does not fit the collaborative curriculum framework.

Mike Reichenbach, EdD University of Minnesota Extension Professor

Mike has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Forestry from the University of Illinois. To gain a better understanding of teaching he obtained an Education Doctorate in Teaching and Learning from University of Minnesota Duluth in 2015. His dissertation, Fostering Transformative Learning in an Informal Collaborative Process, explored the links between learning and action. Mike has 37 years of experience in forestry and allied fields.  Mike grew up in Illinois and worked for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources as an urban forester. Mike moved to Oregon (twice), living there for a total of 14 years and working as a forestry consultant and Extension educator. The past 17 years he has lived in Minnesota and enjoys canoeing and picking the mandolin.  As an Extension educator, he focuses his teaching on forest health and protecting working forests. As part of his work, he has helped landowners develop plans for the transfer of their land from one generation to the next.

Becky Hagen Jokela, M.S. University of Minnesota Extension Professor

Becky Hagen Jokela is a Regional Extension Educator and Professor in Family Resource Management, University of Minnesota Extension, Cloquet Regional Office, Cloquet, MN. Her degrees include a B.S. and M.S. Degree in Family and Consumer Science Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin. In addition, Becky completed an accreditation with the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, and is an Accredited Financial Counselor;   holds a Family Life Certification and teaching license in Family and Consumer Science plus a Reading Certification.  


Mike Reichenbach, Rebecca Hagen Jokela

Created by Mark Locklear

Primary Audience: Extension Professionals