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Forest ResourcesPass on or Protect the Woods 

Adults

For many, owning woodland is a cherished way of life.

There are few things more powerful than a connection to the land. Whether you want to pass the land down to family, or want to ensure that it is never developed, there are resources for you to protect your woodland legacy. 


“What should I know about Ohio forests and forestry?” 

“What should I consider before launching into management?” 

Ask yourself a few key questions about your goals and the land to help you get off on the right foot. Should you choose to speak to a natural resource professional about creating a management plan for your property, your answers to these questions will assist in the planning process. 

  • How much wooded acreage do you have? Are the boundaries marked? This is a good first step. There are some professionals (https://ohiosurveyor.org/) who do this, but if you want to do it yourself, check out your county auditor’s website, or even use Google Earth to help walk your property and mark boundaries: Marking Property Lines 
  • What is the history of your property, and what was the past land use? How old is the forest? We can’t plan for the future without knowing the past! 
  • What are the unique features of your property that you treasure? 
  • What are your existing resources and constraints? This includes the money, time, or physical limitations you have for management activities. 
  • What are your long-term goals for the woods? What do you want for the forest in the future? 

For more, check out MyLandPlan.org, an American Forest Foundation webpage for landowners seeking to get more out of the land they love. 

If you are interested in how to take care of individual trees, please check out our HF&G Tree Care Toolkit 

Other Resources

Enjoying the Woods

Some key questions that will help you determine management actions: What do you already use your woods for? What would you like to use your woods for? 

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Keep the Woods Healthy

Some key questions that will help you determine management actions: What do you already use your woods for? What would you like to use your woods for? 

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Profit from the Woods 

Some key questions that will help you determine management actions: Have I spoken to a consulting forester? (hint… if you are considering selling timber, this is an absolute must to get a fair price and ensure the well-being of your forest!). What am I hoping to leave behind after a timber harvest? Do I need to consider cutting trees, or can I profit from my land in another way? 

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About the Forest Resources Series

Whether you own 2 acres or 200 acres, you probably have dreams and goals for your woods. However, even for a seasoned landowner, it can be intimidating to know where to start. Here are some simple resources to get you started.

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