Private Landowner Assistance
Creating a woodland depends on your wants and needs, and the condition and capability of the woodland as it exists.
Service Foresters are uniquely qualified by training and experience to help landowners decide what can and should be done to develop woodlands for wildlife habitat/viewing, timber production, rare species habitat, hunting, or recreation.
Ohio has 18 Service Foresters statewide that work one-on-one with woodland owners, providing management plans, technical assistance and information on tree planting projects, woodland improvement activities, and timber marketing assistance.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Division of Forestry receives funding assistance from the United States Dept. of Agriculture in the delivery of certain programs. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity employer.
Additional Professional Forester Information & Assistance
Two non-profit organizations, the Society of American Foresters (Ohio chapter), and the Association of Consulting Foresters, maintain regularly updated listings of foresters available to provide consultant services to private woodland owners. Both organizations require a base level of formal forestry education and that a code of professional ethics be listed. Membership in either of these two organizations is voluntary. Some professional foresters choose not to participate in either organization. This does not necessarily indicate a lack of training, skill, or experience on their part.