Woodland Content

1: Preparing a Woodland Stewardship Plan.
Get basic information about starting a Woodland Stewardship plan.

2: Conducting a Woodland Inventory
Learn about one of the first steps to developing your Woodland Stewardship plan. While your forester will conduct a thorough inventory, this material will help you understand the basics of conducting a woodland inventory.

3: How Trees and Woodlands Grow
Understanding the basics of how your woodland grows. Knowing this will help you make better decisions about managing your woodlands.

4: Regenerating Woodland Stands
Thinking about harvesting your woodland to help it regenerate? Learn more about how ecological processes, site conditions, stand size, current and desired tree species affect your regeneration choices.

5: Woodland Improvement Practices
Looking to remove undesirable species and poor quality trees from your woodland? Want to increase the growth rate of your trees or improve the wood quality? Protect your trees from pests? Find research-based information and techniques to accomplish these goals.

6: Managing Important Forest Types
Learn more about important forest types in the Great Lake states (MI, MN, WI).

Forest Types
  • Aspen,
  • Balsam Fir
  • Birch
  • Black Ash-American Elm-Red Maple
  • Black Spruce
  • Black Walnut
  • Bur Oak
  • Eastern White Pine
  • Hemlock-Yellow Birch
  • Jack Pine
  • Maple-Beech-Yellow Birch
  • Northern Pin Oak
  • Northern White-Cedar
  • Red (Norway) Pine
  • Silver Maple-American Elm
  • Tamarack
  • White Oak-Black Oak-Northern Red Oak

7: Forest Health
Learn about common sources of tree damage — from animals, insects, disease, fire, or environmental conditions — and how severe of a problem they may cause.

8: Marketing Timber
Find procedures for working with your forester to select trees to harvest, obtain bids, prepare a timber sale contract, and administer a sale.

9: Harvesting Timber
A timber harvest should be designed to help you accomplish your management goals and objectives. This chapter provides information about the location of roads and in-woods skid trails, the specific equipment selected, what to do with limbs and tops and where processing occurs all should relate back to those goals.

10: Management and Marketing of Nontimber Forest Products
Nontimber forest products(NTFP) include almost everything you find in the woods that is not timber. Learn about seasonal NTFP and management and marketing considerations.

11: Wildlife and Forest Management
When discussing management of forest-dwelling wildlife, it is impossible to separate wildlife management from woodland management, because the forest type and management activities directly affect the wildlife species that live within the forested habitat. Find out more about how your management practices affect wildlife.

12: Noise and Visual Quality
Many management practices affect the noise and visual quality of a woodland. Learn more about noise managment, landscape management, and how roads and trails, timber harvesting, and regeneration affect your woodlands.

13: Recreational Trail Design
Is one of your woodland management goals recreation? Then this is the section for you. Learn tips and recommendations for creating sustainable trails on your woodland.

14: Financial Considerations
This chapter has information about programs that may save money, provide income, or improve investment returns through income taxes, property tax, financial analysis, land protection options, carbon credits, and estate planning.