The trees in your woodlot can be big or small, straight or crooked, tall or short. Before you jump into a harvest, find out what you have, what it’s worth, and what your options are.
A written plan by a forester provides professional guidance for managing your woodlot over 10-15 years. If you own a lot of land or you intend to harvest trees regularly, a plan may be helpful for you (Requires a Professional Forester).
Master Forest Owners are landowners trained by Cornell University to help you care for your woodlot. They visit landowners, walk the land with them, and share knowledge and experiences all without charge.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has foresters who will visit your property for free and provide personalized advice about harvesting your trees.