What Do You Want from Your Woodlands?
Would you like to:
- generate more current income
- enhance wildlife habitat
- improve the health of your woodlands
- increase the potential sale of your woodlands
- create a more valuable estate for your family or heirs
- grow better quality trees
Do I Have a Forest?
If you own rural land with trees on it, even if you use it for a second home, you own a forest. Even open land, like an unused pasture, is usually suitable for growing trees. No matter how large or small your holdings, you can do things to make them more healthy, attractive, and profitable.
Why Should I Manage My Woodlands?
You should manage for more of the benefits you want. Consider, too, that you pay taxes on the land whether it is working for you or not. Consider the loss of income and other benefits when the land is unmanaged. Would you allow money to sit in a bank account without collecting interest?
Is Something Wrong with My Forest?
Many private woodlands could grow twice a much wood fiber if properly managed. These forests could also be more accessible and attractive for wildlife and for recreation. They could be more healthy and vigorous. You have a chance to improve your forest for the future and to receive more benefits from the land while doing so.
What Does Forest Management Involve?
Managing timber is much like managing any crop. Depending on the condition of your forest land, you might benefit from:
- planting or otherwise renewing your forest stand
- thinning to let the remaining trees grow better
- removing or “weeding out” undesirable trees
- protecting against fire and other natural hazards
- harvesting to generate income and restore the health and vigor of your timber stand
Very simply, management is identifying objectives and taking deliberate steps to achieve them.
Why Manage My Forest?
Nature will manage your forest just as it manages an untended lawn or garden. The chances are great that the trees and brush nature puts on your land will be far less valuable and less attractive than what you could have with a little management.