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Woodlot Management

Solution: Woodlot Management

Woodlot Management:  Improving the quality and quantity of existing woodland trees and ground cover to conserve soil and water, enhance wildlife and produce valuable timber.

How it WorksPhoto of a tree.

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.


  • Consult a professional forester for advice on improving the quality of the stand, harvesting and overall management of the woodlot.
  • When replanting in an existing woodlot to increase the number of trees, consult the planting guidelines.
  • 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.

Questions?  Ask a Conservationist!