Many landowners have little knowledge about timber harvesting. As a result, they risk making uninformed decisions that can lead to negative impacts on forest resources and unintended financial consequences. Landowners may accept the first offer for a harvest without having an estimate of their woodlands’ potential value. They may also unintentionally allow “high-grading,” which removes high quality trees and leaves only poorer quality trees. Research has shown that active management enhances the resource value.