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Learn more about the history of your woodlands. If you don't know how your woodlands came into your family's possession, learn how the land came to be owned by your family.
Then learn about the management of the land prior to it coming into your possession.
Now you are ready to think about the future of your woodlands. First, write down the current condition of your land, including what you enjoy most about your woodlands.
Then write down how you would like the land to be when you pass the land to your heirs. From this description, develop 3-5 goal statements which would help you get your woodlands to match your vision. Then for each goal, list the steps you need to do to achieve each goal.
Original: "Write down your thoughts on the current condition of the land, including what you enjoy most about you land. Then write down the condition of the land when it passes to your heirs; develop a series of goal statement(s) and step you will need to take to achieve your goals."
There are a number of simple data collection activities that you can do to learn more about your land.
Purchase a binder with tabs and start to build a record that tells the story of your land.
Section 1: Legal Records
Your first section should include all of the legal records regarding your ownership including deed, certified survey, aerial photo of your property etc.
Section 2: Management Plan and Data
The second section should record your resource inventory data and your management plan.
Section 3: Communications
The third section should record any and all communications with your forester and government agency staff related to the management of your land.
Section 4: Financial and Tax documentations
The final section should contain your financial and property tax records. The purchase or legal documents giving you possession of the land, any documentation regarding income or expenses related to the management of your lands