Top Apps and Websites to Enhance Your Woodland Management

In today’s tech-driven world, there’s an app or resource for just about everything, and woodland management is no exception! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, there are a variety of apps that can help you improve your practices and get the most out of your land. Here are our top picks of apps and websites to assist you with your woodland management:

Landowner taking a photo of a tree for identification purposes

1. Tree Identification:

  • LeafSnap [Download the LeafSnap app] (free): This handy app uses image recognition technology to identify trees based on photos of their leaves. It’s a great way to quickly and easily learn about the different tree species on your property.
  • PlantNet [Download the PlantNet app](free): Similar to LeafSnap – take a picture and identify your tree!

2. Land Management

aerial view of land with property boundaries
  • OnX Maps app [Download the OnX app] ($$ / free version available): TheOnX Hunt map clearly displays property lines, allowing you to visualize the extent of your woodland and ensure you’re staying within your boundaries.  It also provides high-resolution aerial imagery, giving you a bird’s-eye view of your land.  Armed with this information, you can make informed decisions about your woodland and manage it effectively.
  • My Land Plan, website https://mylandplan.org/ MyLandPlan.org is sponsored by the USDA Forest Service and is a free online resource specifically designed for woodland owners. It acts as a central hub, offering a variety of tools and information to help you manage your land effectively.

3.  Educational websites:

  • PennState Extension, website:  https://extension.psu.edu/forests-and-wildlife/forest-management: The PennState Extension website is a valuable resource for land owners in Pennsylvania.  It provides a variety of educational materials and videos on woodland management practices, creating wildlife habitats, and making informed decisions about timber sales.
  • DCNR, website: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Conservation/ForestsAndTrees/Pages/default.aspx: The DCNR website empowers landowners in Pennsylvania to make informed decisions regarding their land. It offers a combination of practical guidance and informative resources, promoting sustainable forestry management practices for the benefit of both the environment and the landowner’s goals.

This is not an exhaustive list of resources, there are many more available.  By using these resources, you can make informed decisions about your woodland management and ensure the long-term health and productivity of your forest.

Remember, consulting with a professional is always a good idea before making any major decisions about your woodland management. They can provide you with personalized advice and guidance based on the specific needs of your land.

With over 100 years of combined experience in the forestry industry, Springfield Hardwood has the knowledge, experience, and skill to professionally care for your woodland.  Call (724-748-5647) or email us (forestry@springfieldhardwood) today! Read more about our sustainable timbering practices here and our 3 tips on how to have a successful timber harvest here.

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