Online Resources for Farm Woodlot Management

Following are some key resources that will likely be useful for farmers with woods. I encourage you to visit each site, and consider which of the content is helpful. You can visit these as time permits, but be sure to keep a bookmark of each.

The central repository for woodlot educational resources in NY is the Cornell University ForestConnect site. From this site, you can access a number of other great resources.


We connect woodland users to the knowledge and resources needed to ensure sustainable production and ecological function on private woodlands. NY Woodland Statistical Summary New York is 63% woodlands, an increase of 2% since 1993 and more than 25% since 1950. Private landowners control 89% of the timberland.

Maple syrup production is one of the most common and lucrative on-farm woodland enterprises available in the Northeast. In fact, there is a Small Farms Course all about maple syrup production (check out the Cornell Small Farms site for details).

Cornell Maple Program

Pure maple syrup is a traditional natural product unique to North America. The Cornell Sugar Maple Program exists to improve the production and use of maple products by working with producers, consumers, and others interested in this fascinating local product.

Many woodland owners want to ask questions and learn from other woodland owners. There are two great options for that, with links below for both. One is the Cornell Master Forest Owner program. For woodland owners in NY, a trained volunteer woodland owner will make a free visit and help you get started. The second, below, is an online question and answer forum with a calendar of events, picture posting, and more.

Master Forest Owner

The Master Fore st Owner program provides private woodland owners of New York State with the information and encouragement necessary to manage their forest holdings wisely. The term "Master" Forest Owner implies education as in "School-Master". The training volunteers receive complements their experience as forest owners.


Sustainable Woodlot Management Cornell University Cooperative Extension Applied Research and Education for Private Woodlands

Many farm owners have livestock, and often find they would benefit from additional land. Because most farm land in the east also has woodlands, deliberate management intensive rotational grazing in woodlands, called "silvopasture" has significant potential. This link connects you to a moderated social media site to connect with other farmers interested in silvopasture.


Started by Jonathan Bates. Last reply by Dr. Akos Bodnar Jul 2. Hello folks,I'm doing research for the possibility of growing this tree as a silvopasture crop, mostly for intensive silvopasture forage for sheep and beef cattle in New York. Many other temperate... Continue