Know Your Woods: A Beginner’s Guide to Woodland Inventory

Owning a woodland comes with a unique set of responsibilities. It’s a beautiful and valuable piece of property, but it also requires thoughtful management to ensure its health and sustainability. Here at Springfield Hardwood, we understand the importance of responsible forestry. (Read more about that here.)That’s why we’re offering some easy-to-implement advice for new woodland owners – starting with a crucial first step: inventory.

Taking a Walk-Through

The best way to get to know your land is to simply spend time there. Grab your boots or lace up your hiking shoes, and take a walk through your woodland. This initial exploration might not take long, but it may be an eye-opening experience. As you meander through the trees, keep an eye out for some details:

  • The lay of the land: Observe the topography. Are there slopes, hills, or valleys? Where are the natural drainage paths?
  • Tree types and ages: What varieties of trees do you have? Are there a mix of ages and sizes, or is it a stand of only one tree species?
  • Signs of trouble: Look for any potential issues, such as diseased trees or invasive plant species.

A Picture (or Note) is Worth a Thousand Words

This initial walk-through is all about gathering information. To jog your memory later, consider taking pictures of anything that stands out, or jotting down notes in a notebook.

By taking this initial inventory, you’ll gain valuable insights into the health and ecology of your woodland. This knowledge is the foundation for making informed decisions about its future. And remember, Springfield Hardwood is always here to help you on your woodland stewardship journey. Contact us today for any questions you have about managing your land for long-term success!
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