Perhaps your woodlot is a part of your backyard or the back acreage on your farm; perhaps it is a little ‘patch of paradise’ at a cabin or cottage getaway.
Perhaps you have just moved from the suburbs
or city to a more rural area, or perhaps your woodlot has been in
your family for generations. Whatever the specifics, you value your
woods—and your woods, though small, are extremely valuable.
Whatever the nature of your small woodland, The Small Woodland
Management Manual has been written for you. This Manual provides
a shorthand guide to identify and navigate available options,
management planning, and potential steps you can take on your
own. Here you will find curated, open-source resources that are
most relevant for small woodland landowners in Northeast Ohio.
While this guide will not provide management answers for everyone
or every woodland, it will hopefully give you a place to start or
continue your journey and assist you in identifying and achieving
your land ownership and management goals. Everyone’s woodland
is different, so if it is helpful to you, we encourage you to highlight,
circle, or underline the content that is most relevant to your
situation. This is a guide meant to be interacted with: scribble, take
notes, fill out the Worksheets… whatever helps you in your land
If you are very new to land management, we recommend reading
this document in order. If you already have an idea of your
management goals and interests, you can use the Contents page at
the beginning to navigate to sections that are most relevant to you.
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.Explore the series