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July 15, 2012

Group works on behalf of local forest owners

CCE - Working with NYFOA on Behalf of Forest Landowners

Are you a private forest landowner? You may not realize it, but as such, you are part of the very large community of individuals and families that manage our nation’s timber and non-timber forest resources.

Just under two thirds of New York State, 18.95 million acres, is forest. About 20 percent of that is public forest. Four percent is industrial forest. The vast majority, 76 percent, or roughly 14.4 million acres, is privately owned by an estimated 687,000 individual, non-industrial forest landowners.

Owning private forest property can be rewarding. When properly managed, it can be a place for rest, retreat, recreation and spiritual renewal. It can be a source of firewood and income from sales of standing timber. And it can be a long-term investment, a nest egg for retirement and a commitment to your children, grandchildren, wildlife and the environment.

New York’s forests contain a broad range of species diversity and ecotypes, including more than 100 commercial and non-commercial tree species. New York landowners who have properly managed their private forests now own some of the most productive forestland in the country.

One of the best ways to learn about sustainable forestry and maximizing the use of your natural resources is to become a member of the New York Forest Owners Association (NYFOA), a state-wide not-for-profit organization comprised of New York’s non-industrial private forest landowners. 

Through its local chapters, including our own Northern Adirondack Chapter, NYFOA provides camaraderie, knowledge and training for landowners and the public. Neighboring forest owners often meet to share information, attend workshops and tour each others’ woodlots. Local chapter and statewide activities, woodswalks and tours provide an opportunity for landowners to look at successful woodlot improvement and effective timber- and land-management strategies taking place within local communities.

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