Do you have a forest?
The Family Forest Research Center, a partnership of the Forest Service, says that whether you have “just trees” that shelter native plants and animals, a bit of “woods” behind your house where the kids play and you cut firewood, or a “tree farm” that earns your family income, you are a forest owner. If you have an acre or more of land with trees on at least 10 percent of it, you have a forest. If you own that forest as an individual, a couple, a family partnership, or some other grouping of unincorporated individuals, you are a family forest owner.
What landowner assistance information and tools are available?
- Community Forest Program can help tribes, local government and nonprofit organizations to protect forest land to benefit the community.
- Forest Stewardship Program can help landowners develop a plan to care for your land.
How can I find out more?
- Forests on the Edge helps you understand how you are affected by loss of open space.
- Backyard Woods helps woodland owners with 1 to 10 acres of land.
- Working Trees is a series of brochures to show you how to make your land work for you.
- Forest Taxation has information about your land and federal taxes.