Contrary to what many people believe, forests usually need human help to keep them healthy and productive.  When they are well managed, forests provide clean air and water, home for wildlife, places for recreation and wood for many products that we all use.  When they are not well managed, forests are often unhealthy and unproductive.  Successful forest management requires careful planning and implementation.  Read further to learn more about managing your forest.


Every forest landowner has different objectives for his or her forest.  No matter what those objectives are, they cannot be achieved without planning.  Professionals including foresters, wildlife biologists and estate planners are available to assist in planning your forest.


Foresters use a variety of management practices including prescribed burning, harvesting and regeneration.  These techniques are selected and used in order to achieve the landowner’s objectives for the property. Read further to learn about practices that could be used in your forest.


No matter where you live or how big or small your property is, destructive species pose a real threat to your woodlands. The best way to help guard against them is to stay informed of threats in your area and monitor for signs of their presence.



Whether your woods are home to a cemetery or historic site, an unusual rock formation or rare collection of plants, protecting such special sites is one of the requirements for Tree Farm certification. Your management plan should determine whether you have any special sites on your land and what you will do to protect them during management activities.


A Forest of Recognized Importance (FORI) represents a globally, regionally and nationally significant large landscape area of exceptional ecological, social, cultural or biological value. These forests are evaluated at the landscape level, rather than the stand level and are recognized for a combination of unique values, rather than a single attribute.