Do you own 25 acres or less? If so, you are one of a fast growing segment of forest landowners. And, you may have noticed that forest management activities conducted on larger parcels of land may not be appropriate for your land. Forests on the Edge: Housing Development on America's Private Forests, a publication from the USDA Forest Service, examines the issues facing landowners and natural resource managers in the wildland-urban interface.
This page is intended to provide resources for those of you interested in actively managing your smaller woodlots, for objectives such as:
- inexpensive family activities
- wildlife habitat
- aesthetic beauty
- supplemental income
- less mowing
A great place to start is with the Woods in Your Backyard manual.
A number of Woods in Your Backyard workshops, based on the manual, are offered across Virginia each year. Visit the Events Calendar to find a workshop near you.
Also check out:
- Backyard Woods Workbook
- The Woods in Your Backyard: Creating Natural Areas from Existing Lawn or Pasture
- University of Maryland: The Woods in Your Backyard
- Backyard Woods: Bring Your Vision to Life
- Habitat at Home
The Annual Woods & Wildlife Conference provides stewardship information for owners of both large and small forests. The conference is held in January or February each year.
Upcoming programs for owners of small woodlots:
Sept. 5 - Nov. 21
$85 - includes the Woods in Your Backyard Guide and a Tree Identification book