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Woodland Information

Private woodland owners in New York control a dominate portion of the state’s landscape. These woodland owning families and private citizens manage 85% of the woodland land in the state and thus approximately 50% of the total land in New York. Private woodland owners, through their wise decisions and actions support natural resources, communities, and the economy when they:

• Develop stewardship or woodland management plans for long-term woodland conservation
• Conduct timber sales using best management practices
• Ensure the long-term maintenance of forest cover
• Enhance wildlife habitat through woodland thinning, woodland regeneration, or woodland preservation
• Control invasive species that become established on their property
• Work together with members of groups such as the New York Forest Owners, or other landowner associations, to educate the public about the values and benefits of owning woodland

ForestConnect helps woodland owners by providing them with educational resources to help make decisions about the management of their property. Woodland owners can:

• Learn about educational workshops offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension or partner organizations
• Register on-line for many CCE educational workshops
• Download fact sheets and publications
• Find a trained woodland-owner volunteer, a Master Forest Owner, who will make a free visit to your property
• Review frequently asked questions
• Find a CCE educator near them or their property
• Suggest research topics that can be considered within the research process of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station
• Subscribe to a controlled e-mail list for announcements and updates

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