University of Maryland College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
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Contact Info
EMail: jkays@umd.edu
Mailing Address:
Western Maryland Research and Education Center
18330 Keedysville Road
Keedysville, MD 21756-1104
Phone: 301 432-2767 ext.323
Fax: 301 432-4089

Mr. Jonathan S Kays
Principal Agent & Regional Extension Specialist, Natural Resources
Western Maryland Research and Education Center
Affiliate Principal Agent
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture

My objective is to develop and implement extension education programs in forestry, wildlife and related water for western Maryland and statewide. My target audiences include forest owners, landowner volunteers, natural resource professionals, homeowners and youth. My mission to help "educate people to help themselves." Specific programs include: forest stewardship workshops; forest wildlife volunteer outreach program (Coverts Project); deer damage management for landscapes, farms and forests; development of natural resource income opportunities, the use of biosolids to grow forest trees, and youth natural resources.

My main office is located at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center south of Hagerstown, Maryland. While much of my work focuses west of the Chesapeake Bay, I have a number of statewide and regional responsibilities.

A variety of program information and publications are available from the website that supports the natural resource extension program at Maryland Cooperative Extension.

http://www.naturalresources.umd.edu is the link between you and Maryland's forestry and wildlife educational resources and it should help you on the way to finding information you need. Links include: forest stewardship, forest stewardship newsletter, stumpage price report, wildlife management, forests and water quality, natural resource income opportunities, youth resources, and more.

You can contact me via e-mail at jk87@umail.umd.edu. My phone is 301-432-2767 extension 323.

Professional Resume:

Education M.S. - Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. 1985. Thesis topic: Effect of season of harvest and site quality on hardwood regeneration on the Virginia Piedmont.

B.S. - Cook College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. 1977. Natural Resource Management with Teacher Certification.

Applied Research and Demonstration Projects

  • Kays, J. S. (1990). Growth and Survival of Hardwood and Pine Species With and Without Tree Shelters. Keedysville, MD: UMCP, MCE.
  • Kays, J. S. (1992). Deer Fencing Demonstration Area. Keedysville, MD: UMCP, MCE.
  • Kays, J. S. (1992). Spider Deer Fencing Demonstration Area. Beltsville, MD: UMCP, MCE.
  • Kays, J. S. (1994). Crop Tree and Deer Exclosure Demonstration Area. Keedysville, MD: UMCP, MCE.
  • Kays, J. S. (1995). Protecting Forest Plantations from Deer with Baited Polywire/Polytape Fence. Ellicott City, MD:
  • Kays, J. S. (1995). Protecting Forest Plantations from Deer with Baited Polywire/Polytape Fence. Sunshine, MD:
  • Kays, J. S., & F. R. Gouin. (1995). Survival, Growth, and Nutrient Uptake of Paulownia on a Biosolid Amended Gravel-Mined Area. Glen Burnie, MD: ERCO, Inc.
  • Kays, J. S. (1996). Effectiveness of Off-Limits Crop Protection System to Exclude Deer from Crop Areas. Baltimore, MD: Edrich Farms Nursery.
  • Kays, J. S. (1996). Establishing a Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Area. Fairplay, MD: Fountain Rock Elementary School.
  • Kays, J. S. (1998). Survival and Growth of Hardwood Seedlings on a Biosolid Amended Gravel-Mined Area. Glen Burnie, MD: ERCO, Inc.
  • Kays, J. S. (1998). Effect of Tree Density on Growth of Hybrid Poplar Seedlings. Glen Burnie, MD: ERCO, Inc.
  • McDill, M., J. Finley, & J. S. Kays. (1998). Promoting Ecotourism on Private Lands. State College, PA: Penn State University.
  • Flamino, E. J., J. S. Kays, & M. Van Ham. (1999). Growth and Survival of 12 Hybrid Poplar Clones on a Biosolid Amended Gravel-Mined Area. Glen Burnie, MD: ERCO, Inc.
  • Kays, J. S. & G. Welsh. Use of Dogs Contained within Off-Limits Crop Protection Systems for Reducing Deer Damage to Orchards and Horticultural Crops. Keedysville, MD: UMCEP, MCE, AES.
  • Tregoning, D. W., & J. S. Kays. (1999). Efficacy of Deer Repellents at Suburban Parks and Homesites in Maryland. Derwood, MD: UMCP, MCE.
  • Kays, J. S., & H. Sharew. (2001). Impact of Rodenticides on Vole Populations in Young Forest Plantations. Frederick, MD: UMCP, MCE, DNR Forest Service.
  • Kays, J.S., G. Felton, E. Flamino, & D. Johnson. Determination Of Optimum Tree Density And Biosolid Application Rate And The Effect On Water Quality And Tree Growth Using The Deep Row Biosolids Incorporation Method. Glenn Burnie, MD: UMCP, MCE.

    Publications and Scholarly Efforts of Note

    Articles in Refereed Journals

  • Kays, J. S., D. W. Smith, S. M. Zedaker, & R. Kreh. (1988). Factors affecting hardwood regeneration on the Virginia Piedmont. Southern Journal Applied Forestry, 12, 98-102.
  • Kays, J. S., & C. W. Canham. (1991). Effect of time and frequency of cutting on hardwood root reserves. Forest Science, 37, 524-529.
  • Kays, J. S., E. J. Flamino, G. Felton, & P. D. Flamino. (2000). Use of deep-row biosolids applications to grow forest trees: a case study. In C.L. Henry, R.B. Harrison, and R.K. Bastian (Eds.), The Forest Alternative: Principles and Practice of Residuals Use. (pp. 105-110). Seattle, WA: University of Washington College of Forest Resources

    Monographs, Reports, and Extension Publications Edited Proceedings:

  • Kays, J. S. (1994). Use of Low-Cost Deer Fencing to Protect High Value Crops. In J. Hanson (Ed.), 1994 Profitable Agriculture and a Clean Environment Update (pp. 41-44). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE.
  • Kays, J. S. (1996). Use of Dogs and Invisible Fencing to Keep Deer Out of Crop Areas. In D. M. Johnson & K. L. Everts (Eds.), 1996 Profitable Agriculture and a Clean Environment Update (pp. 19-24). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE.
  • Kays, J. S. (1996). Use of baited polywire/polytape fencing to protect forest plantations. In D. M. Johnson & K. L. Everts (Eds.), 1996 Profitable Agriculture and a Clean Environment Update (pp. 16-18). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE.
  • Kays, J. S. (1996). Use of deep-row biosolids applications to grow forest trees and reclaim wildlife habitat: a case study. In D. M. Johnson & K. L. Everts (Eds.), 1996 Profitable Agriculture and a Clean Environment Update (pp. 25-29). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE.
  • Kays, J. S., G. R. Goff, P. J. Smallidge, W. N. Grafton, & J. A. Parkhurst. (Eds.). (1998). Natural Resources Income Opportunities for Private Lands - Proceedings of the Conference. College Park, MD: University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), MCE. 275 pp. (Lead editor and contributing writer)
  • Brittingham, M., J. S. Kays, R. McPeake (Eds.). (2001). Wildlife Damage Management Conference Proceedings. University Park, PA: Penn State University, State College, PA.

    Selected Reports:

  • Kays, J. S., & V. M. Schultz. (1998). Maryland Coverts Project: Improving Forests and Wildlife Habitat Through Education. College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 4 pp.
  • Kays, J. S. (1998). Improving Success of Natural Resources Income Enterprises: Increasing Extension=s Value to Rural Landowners. (Miscellaneous Publication). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 8 pp.
  • Tjaden, R. L., & J. S. Kays. (2000). Maryland Stumpage Price Report. Queenstown, MD: UMCP, MCE. Assisted in initial development and layout of a quarterly report to provide landowners and foresters prices being paid to private forest owners for their timber products (known as stumpage prices).

    Extension Publications (Refereed):

    Woodland Management/Natural Resource Income Opportunities

  • Kays, J. S., & R. L. Tjaden. (1994, revised 1997). Glossary of Forestry Terms. (Fact Sheet 620). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 12 pp.
  • Kays, J. S., & R. L. Tjaden. (1994, revised 1997). Sources of Information and Guidance for Forest Stewards. (Fact Sheet 624). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 12 pp.
  • Kays, J. S., & R. L. Tjaden. (1994, revised 1996, revision submitted for reprinting in 2000). Developing a Forest Management Plan: The Key to Good Forest Stewardship. (Fact Sheet 625). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 8 pp.
  • Kays, J. S., & R. L. Tjaden. (1994, reprinted 1997). Marketing Forest Products: The Sales Contract. (Fact Sheet 628). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 8 pp.
  • Kays, J. S., & R. L. Tjaden. (1995, reprinted 1997). How To Determine Your Property Boundaries. (Fact Sheet 619). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 8 pp.
  • Kays, J. S. (1995, reprinted 1998). Maryland's Forests: Past, Present, and Future. (Fact Sheet 627). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 8 pp.
  • Kays, J. S. (1995). Alternative Woodland Income Opportunities Resources List. (Fact Sheet 626). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 8 pp.
  • Kays, J. S., & R. L. Tjaden. (1996, reprinted 1999). Measuring Your Forest. (Fact Sheet 629). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 8 pp.
  • Kays, J. S., D. M. Johnson, & J. Stringer. (1996, revised 1997). Producing and Marketing Paulownia. (Extension Bulletin 319). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 22 pp.
  • Kays, J. S. (1997). Landowner Liability and Recreational Access in Maryland. (Extension Bulletin 357). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 27 pp.
  • Bogash, S. M., & J. S. Kays. (1999). Developing a Fee-Fishing Enterprise: An Opportunity in Recreational Tourism. (Fact Sheet 754). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 8pp.

    Wildlife Damage Management

  • Kays, J. S., M. V. Bartlett, & L. Curtis. (1994, revised 1996, 1998, 2000). Resistance of Ornamentals to Deer Damage. (Fact Sheet 655). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 8 pp.
  • Kays, J. S. (1995, revised 1997 & 2000). Controlling Deer Damage in Maryland. (Extension Bulletin 354). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 20 pp.
  • Kays, J. S., & E. M. Dutky. (1996, reprinted 1999). Reducing Vole Damage to Plants. (Fact Sheet 654). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 8 pp.

    Wildlife Management Series

  • Tjaden, R. L., & J. S. Kays. (1993). Introduction to Wildlife Management. (Fact Sheet 597). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 8 pp.
  • Tjaden, R. L., & J. S. Kays. (1993). Brush Structures for Wildlife. (Fact Sheet 599). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 8 pp.
  • Tjaden, R. L., & J. S. Kays. (1993). Eastern Cottontail Rabbit. (Fact Sheet 601). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 8 pp.
  • Tjaden, R. L., & J. S. Kays. (1993). Bobwhite Quail. (Fact Sheet 602). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 8 pp.
  • Tjaden, R. L., & J. S. Kays. (1993). Ringed-Necked Pheasant. (Fact Sheet 603). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 8 pp.
  • Tjaden, R. L., & J. S. Kays. (1993). Ruffed Grouse. (Fact Sheet 604). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 8 pp.
  • Tjaden, R. L., & J. S. Kays. (1993). Eastern Wild Turkey. (Fact Sheet 606). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE. 8 pp.

    Miscellaneous Publications:

  • Goff, G. , J. S. Kays, M. Greason, J. E. Wagner, & H. Canham. (2000).
  • Developing a Custom Portable Bandsaw Mill Enterprise. Keedysville, MD: UMCP, MCE. 24 pp.
  • Jenkins, D. H., J. S. Kays, & A. L. Hammett. (2000). Natural Resources Income Opportunities Series: Special Forest Product Enterprises: Holiday Greenery. Keedysville, MD: UMCP, MCE, Virginia Tech. 14 pp.
  • Kays, J. S., & V. M. Schultz. (2000). Tax Considerations for Forest Landowners. (Fact Sheet). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE.
  • Kays, J. S. (2000). Guide to Choosing and Evaluating a Natural Resources-Based Enterprise. (Extension Bulletin). College Park, MD: UMCP, MCE.
  • Kays, J. S. (2001). Managing Vole Damage in Tree Plantations. Keedysville, MD: UMCP, MCE. 12 pp. Presently being submitted for publication as MCE publication.
  • Jenkins, D., J. S. Kays, & T. Hammett. (2000). Natural Resources Income Opportunities Series: Special Forest Product Enterprises: Producing and Marketing Shiitake Mushrooms. Keedysville, MD: UMCP, MCE, Virginia Tech. 14 pp.

    Area of Expertise:

    Forest Stewardship Education, Wildlife Habitat Mgt., Backyard Foresty, Natural Resource Income Enterprises, Biosolid/Forestry Silvicultural Systems, Deer & Vole Mgt .

    Learn more about Mr. Kays at http://extension.umd.edu/woodland