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Join a Forestry Association


By Richard - Posted on 27 February 2011

One of the first things we learned about when we purchased our property was the importance of joining a forest association.

You can learn a lot about the proper way to manage your forest by joining the local organization in your state. Many of them publish newsletters, conduct seminars and other informational gatherings and are a generally good source of information about managing your forest in a sustainable and healthy way.

Some states have organizations that have been formed by private landowners for the purpose of promoting the benefits of private forest ownership. Other states have organizations that include landowners, loggers and the logging industry. For the most part, even those organizations recognize that managing a forest properly means avoiding the egregious mistakes of the past and implementing sustainable forest growing practices. On the other hand, organizations geared primarily to the small woodlot owner, recognize the economic value of logging and its importance in keeping a forest healthy. So, it's not like organizations made up of private landowners are a bunch of "tree huggers" and organizations made up of representatives from the logging industry are a bunch of "tree muggers". Nothing could be further from the truth.

So, I have listed below all the organizations, by state, I could find that espouse the principles of sustainable forestry, whether they are made up of private landowners or are an amalgamation of different segments of forestry. What's important to remember is that it's up to you to join an organization and to make sure that organization is living up to its mission statement.

Alabama
Alabama Forest Owners' Association, Inc.

Alaska
Alaska Forest Association

Arkansas
Arkansas Forestry Association

California
Forest Landowners of California

Colorado
Colorado Forestry Association

Connecticut
Connecticut Forest & Park Association

Delaware
Delaware Forestry Association

Florida
Florida Forestry Association

Georgia
Georgia Forestry Association

Hawaii
Hawai'I Forest Industry Association

Idaho
Idaho Forest Owners Association

Illinois
Illinois Forestry Association

Indiana
Indiana Forestry and Woodland Owners Association

Iowa
Iowa Woodlands Owners Association

Kentucky
Kentucky Woodlands Owners Association

Louisiana
Louisiana Forestry Association

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Maine
Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine

Maryland
Maryland Forests Association, Inc.

Massachusetts
Massachusetts Forest Landowners Association

Michigan
Michigan Forest Association

Minnesota
Minnesota Forestry Association

Mississippi
Mississippi Forestry Association

Missouri
Missouri Forest Products Association

Montana
Montana Forest Owners Association

New Hampshire
New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association

New Jersey
New Jersey Forestry Association

New York
The New York Forest Owner's Association

North Carolina
North Carolina Forestry Association

Ohio
Ohio Forestry Association, Inc.

Oklahoma
Oklahoma Forestry Association

Oregon
Oregon Small Woodlands Association

Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Forestry Association

Rhode Island
Rhode Island Forest Conservators Organization

South Carolina
South Carolina Forestry Association

Tennessee
Tennessee Forestry Association

Texas
Texas Forestry Association

Vermont
Vermont Woodlands Association

Virginia
Virginia Forestry Association

Washington
Washington Farm Forestry Association

West Virginia
West Virginia Forestry Association

Wisconsin
Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association

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