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Woodland Management

Woman marking a treeWoodland management improves the quality and quantity of woodland growing stock and maintains ground cover and litter for soil and water conservation. Land devoted to timber production is managed to provide income, protect soil and water, improve wildlife habitat, and create opportunities for recreation. Twigs, limbs, leaves and other debris filter nutrients and chemicals from surface runoff and reduce erosion.

How it helps...

  • Adds income to your farm
  • Adds beauty to your farm
  • Ground cover provides wildlife habitat, reduces soil erosion, and improves water quality


  • Air quality
  • Profits
  • Soil Erosion
  • Water Quality
  • Wildlife


  • Consult a professional forester for advice on improving the quality of the stand, harvesting and overall management of the woodlot.
  • Protect the woodlot from grazing.
  • Consider the needs of woodland wildlife when making management decisions.
  • Pruning may be necessary for certain high-value species.
  • Check with a local forester.
  • Trees with the best potential should be left to grow, and competing trees marked for removal.
  • Periodically check for damage from insects, rodents or diseases.