New Woodland Owners

You are probably finding the whole maintenance of your woodland a bit overwhelming.

Start with 1: Preparing a Woodland Stewardship Plan. It will give you basic information about starting a Woodland Stewardship plan.

Then go through each section in order.

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.