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Forest Health - Call Before You Cut: Program Encourages Woodland Owners to Seek Assistance Before Harvesting

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.

Ecosytem Recovery: Southeastern Massachusetts Hazardous Fuels Mitigation

The coastal area of Massachusetts includes over 100,000 acres of pine barrens, heathlands, and grasslands that are prone to wildfire. The area is also fragmented by extensive development with primary residences and vacation homes. Over the years conflagrations have resulted in significant property damage. Decades of fire suppression have resulted in mature, closed canopy forests, putting new development at risk from catastrophic wildfires.

Boy Scouts Create Golden-Winged Warbler Habitat at Resica Falls

The Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America established a conservation committee to develop a forest management plan for its Resica Falls Camp in eastern Pennsylvania. Working with resource professionals, the committee learned about the opportunity to create goldenwinged warbler habitat. Golden-winged warblers depend on early successional forest landscapes for optimal habitat. Forests in the early stages of succession provide the structure, seed sources, and greater plant species diversity that some species need to thrive.

Northeastern Forest Regeneration Handbook A Guide for Forest Owners, Harvesting Practitioners, and Public Officials


This handbook has been prepared to help readers develop an appreciation of how northeastern forests develop and an understanding of forest regeneration concepts, including the importance of disturbance. This information will help landowners and other land use decisionmakers, in concert with professional foresters, make informed decisions about forest regeneration options tailored to their management objectives.

Preserving the Family Woods


This publication is about one thing: securing the future of your woods. To get you the information about how to do that, we’ve taken two approaches. We start with summaries of estate and succession planning options in the early pages, then we delve into deeper detail on those options through a series of articles.

Backyard Woods: Bring your vision to life


From lush temperate rainforests in the Pacific Northwest to the semitropics of Florida, the woods are alive. Wooded land doesn’t have to cover hundreds or thousands of acres to harbor richness and diversity of life. Your backyard woods can be filled with crawling creatures, fascinating mushrooms, towering trees, and other living things. Perhaps you dream of sitting on a deck, overlooking lush green scenery. Or you may want to attract birds, deer, or other animals, or harvest special forest products or mature trees. You may even want to improve your land for your children and grandchildren.

Forest Sustainability Assessment for the Northern United States


The Forest Sustainability Assessment for the Northern United States provides a snapshot of today’s forests and a baseline for tracking future trends. This comprehensive assessment of forest sustainability is organized according to an international system of criteria and indicators known as the Montreal Process. Criteria define broad categories of sustainability; indicators are specific measurements within each category.

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