Well managed forests provide wildlife habitat, clean water and air, aesthetic beauty, recreational opportunities and thousands of products that we use every day. Read below to learn more about forest management practices and the role they play in keeping our forests healthy and productive.


Contrary to what many people believe, forests usually need human help to keep them healthy and productive.  Foresters use a variety of management techniques to maintain or improve the health and productivity of a forest and to achieve the landowner’s objectives for the property. Read further to learn about managing your forest.



Harvesting timber is something that most landowners only do once or twice in a lifetime. The harvest of trees is not only a way to receive some income from your property, but is also an opportunity to improve wildlife habitat, access for recreation, and other forest benefits. Regeneration of the forest after harvest can be either natural or by planting.


No matter where you live or how big or small your woodlands are, destructive species can be a challenge. These unwanted guests pose a real threat to the health of your woodlands. There are things that you can do to prevent outbreaks and address a threat when you see it.



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. Here are some resources to help you determine whether you have any special sites on your land and information on what you can do to protect them during management activities.