key concepts in when doing your own forest work is to minimize
soil disturbance, work efficiently, and prevent collateral
damage to remaining trees.
As noted at the beginning
of this resource, New York forest owners own much more than forests.
They own the source waters of creeks, hundreds of tons of rich
organic soil, trillions of microscopic animals, and enough biological
energy to make any electric producer envious. These ecological
aspects of forests require proper stewardship and maintenance
to continue providing the many benefits for our communities.
it comes to firewood harvesting, trail building, wildlife projects,
and tree planting, most forest owners become do-it-yourselfers.
Best management practices, normally thought to apply only to commercial
loggers, form important habits for private forest owners. Despite
the majority if NY forests being owned by these individuals and
families, management of these woodlots is inconsistent.
forest owners inadvertently abuse their woodlots. The activities
that tend to cause the most harm to woodlots in the long run are:
- Lack of planning
for long term uses of forests
- Timber harvesting
based on financial need or possibly unexpected windfalls
- Removing trees
without a forest management plan or advice from professional
- Unaware of personal
goals for the woodlot
restrict hunting of whitetail deer
owners should consider following these best management practices