Drilling holes in oak logs prior to inoculating with shiitake spawn
Image by Jennifer Stengle

Drilling holes in oak logs prior to inoculating with shiitake spawn

Image by Barry Solow
Image by OliBac


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

• Develop stewardship or forest management plans for long-term forest conservation
• Conduct timber sales using best management practices
• Ensure the long-term maintenance of forest cover
• Enhance wildlife habitat through forest thinning, forest regeneration, or forest
• 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 forest land.

ForestConnect helps forest owners by providing them with educational resources to help make decisions about the management of their property. Forest 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 forest-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
• View Powerpoint presentations from many previous workshops
• Subscribe to a controlled email list for announcements and updates

Last updated October 19, 2017