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Assess My Trails

Spotting erosion problems before they grow makes it cheaper and easier to fix them.

Assess My Trails
Blaze My Trails

Nature centers often mark their trails to help hikers get around. You can do the same thing on your woodlot. Blazes give your trails a professional look and aid your travel around your land.

Blaze My Trails
Build a Bee Nesting House

More than 4,000 species of bees are native to North America, and most don’t form hives and rarely sting. You can help bees by building or buying a wood or bamboo nesting house for them. Note: due to fungal infestations, replace your bee nesting houses every 2-3 years.

Build a Bee Nesting House
Build a Wood Duck Box

Most ducks nest on the ground, but wood ducks nest in tree cavities. You can attract these beautiful waterfowl to your pond by building and installing a simple nest box for them.

Build a Wood Duck Box
Compete in the Northeast Timber Growing Contest

This friendly competition organized by the New York Forest Owners Association and Cornell Cooperative Extension encourages landowners to grow the best quality trees possible on their property. Landowners in New England, New York, and Pennsylvania are eligible.

Compete in the Northeast Timber Growing Contest
Estimate my Woodlot's Deer Population

How many deer visit your property? You can find out using this “pellet count” survey method.

Estimate my Woodlot's Deer Population
Have My Land Surveyed

Land surveys can be expensive, but they're helpful if you're concerned about neighbors encroaching on your land or of timber theft. They're also important if you want to build a new structure, install a fence, or just know where your boundaries are so you can mark them.

Have My Land Surveyed
Install a Bluebird Box

New York's bluebird population has dropped 90% due to pesticides, shortage of natural nesting cavities, and competition from sparrows and starlings. You can help! Install a bluebird nesting box on your woodlot so these colorful songbirds can raise their families.

Install a Bluebird Box
Install a Deer Fence

Fencing off an area from deer won’t address the broader issue of deer impacts on your land, but it will help portions of your land recover after disturbances like storms, logging, and insect attacks.

Install a Deer Fence
Learn About Ice Damage

Ice storms are the most dangerous winter weather for trees. The added weight of ice on branches can break limbs and topple trees. But ice storms can also increase tree growth if the damage is minor and even create new nesting sites for animals.

Learn About Ice Damage
Learn Control Options

Pull it by hand? Mow it? Spray it? Different invasive plants require different control techniques. Before you put in a ton of work, figure out the best techniques for the plant you’re dealing with.

Learn Control Options
Map My Trails

If you have a lot of trails, you might not know where all of them are or how they connect to one another. Make a map of your trails to learn what you have and make your hikes easier.

Map My Trails
Paint My Boundaries

Appropriately marked property lines are the best defense against trespassing and timber theft, and they reduce boundary disputes with neighbors. Painting your boundaries is a relatively inexpensive, visible way to mark your property line without injuring your trees.

Paint My Boundaries
Post My Boundaries

Most trespassing is accidental, because people often don't know they've crossed a property line. You can stop a lot of trespassing just by marking your boundaries. Posted signs are more expensive than painting your line, but they state the rules of how others may use your land.

Post My Boundaries
Prioritize My Control Work

If you just finished your invasive inventory, you may feel overwhelmed with the number of invasive plants on your land. Rather than try to deal with them all at once, focus your efforts to get the best chance of success.

Prioritize My Control Work
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