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Forest Health

The perceived condition of a forest based on its age, structure, species diversity, growth rate, and ability to withstand or recover from disturbances like fire, disease, or timber harvesting. A "healthy forest" generally has faster growth, a greater variety of plant and animals of different sizes, and is better able to recover from disturbance.

Forest Inventory

A measurement of the types, sizes, and distribution of trees growing in a wooded area.

Forest Land

Federal land defintions call forest land any area at least an acre in size that is at least 10% stocked with trees of any size. Forest land can also include land that used to have tree cover that will have it again either through planting or natural regrowth, such as an area that was burned by a fire that will grow back with new trees.

Synonyms: forestland
Forest Management Plan

A written document that records the current status of a wooded property. It commonly describes the number and size of each tree species, the state of trails, and the landowner's goals. It also recommends practices over a length of time (generally 10-15 years) to help the landowner meet their goals. Forest management plans are typically prepared by a professional consulting forester and may be required for certain government programs, like New York's Forest Tax Law, 480a.

Forest Tax Law

The New York Forest Tax Law Program (commonly called “480a” after the section of the tax code relating to it) is a property tax reduction program. Participation is voluntary, and you must own at least 50 acres of woods in adjoining properties in New York to be eligible. 480a lowers your taxes by exempting up to 80% of the assessed value of enrolled acreage from property taxes.

Forester

A college-trained professional who advises landowners on the care and stewardship of their wooded acreage

Forestland

Federal land defintions call forest land any area at least an acre in size that is at least 10% stocked with trees of any size. Forest land can also include land that used to have tree cover that will have it again either through planting or natural regrowth, such as an area that was burned by a fire that will grow back with new trees.

Forestry Practices

The set of activities that together help steward woodlots for economic and environmental values