Monitoring and Inventory Tools

Peering past the surface beauty of the forest, one finds a story that only reveals itself through studied observation. Regular, rigorous monitoring is a critical component of good forest stewardship and allows you as a forest manager to make better decisions. Monitoring the diversity of your forest can…

  • Enhance your understanding of how your forest works
  • Improve forest management for commercial species
  • Satisfy third-party certification programs such as the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and emerging ecosystem services markets
  • If applicable, comply with laws

Forest resources can be inventoried and monitored using various techniques, ranging from simple assessments to more complex statistical sampling of attributes such as snag density, timber volume, and stream-side canopy. The kind of forest you have and your management objectives will determine which attributes you measure and how often you monitor them.

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Forestry Tips for Autumn

Each season presents the best time to conduct different stewardship activities. Timing your forest management for the ideal season will help you achieve success and avoid setbacks. This page provides tips to help you make the most of autumn out in your woods.

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Resources for Funding Forest Stewardship

Many public agencies offer funding to help forest owners pay for stewardship activities and realize their woodland goals. Whether you envision a habitat-rich stand bursting with forage shrubs and large snags; a business plan for timber harvest on your land; or an aesthetic retreat replete with meandering trails, there’s funding available to help you get there.

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Workshop: Energy Opportunities for Woody Biomass

Wildfire risk across San Juan County is at an all-time high – largely due to increasingly overstocked forests. Thinning excess woody biomass from densely stocked forests can reduce wildfire risk while presenting an opportunity for local, sustainable energy production.

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