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Making Estate Planning More Accessible for Forest Landowners
  Here you will increase your awareness of the importance of estate planning, better understand estate planning principles, concepts, and tools. This decision tree will help you decide if a conservation easement is appropriate for you.
You and Your Forest: A Guide to Understadning and Managing Your Forest Resources
  Here you will increase your awareness and knowledge of forest ecosystems and management so that you will be better prepared to work with a natural resource professional in developing a forest stewardship plan.
The How, When, and Why of Forest Farming
  Here you will become familiar with a variety of specific forest farming practices and be able to decide if they are suitable for your own site conditions and management objectives. You will understand methods and techniques for establishing, managing, and monitoring American ginseng, goldenseal, and at least three edible mushroom varieties.
Riparian Area and Grazing Management
  Here you will gain information about riparian area grazing techniques that enhance the ecological and financial condition of your land use operations.
After Wildfire
  Here you will gain knowledge that will help you to cope with the aftermath of future wildfires. While every situation is unique, the guidance provided in these materials will assist you in meeting the challenges that every landowner faces After Wildfire.
The Story of the Forest: Forest Connections . . . A Family Economic Issue
  What does your forest mean to you and your family? .a place to relax, income, a place to retire, recreation, a sense of connection to history?..What do you want from your forest in the future? The Story of the Forest allows you to actively participate in an interactive lesson about one family's story. You will be asked to help choose an ending for the story to complete the lesson and you will have a place to start for making a plan for your forest resources.
Developing A Wildlife Enterprise: Is it for You?
  Here you will find information and help in deciding whether to invest in wildlife enterprises through designing wildlife management/enterprise plans, hunting leases, and marketing strategies.
Using Livestock Behavior to Improve Landscapes, Productivity and Profitability
  That's the key to understanding and changing animal behavior in ways that will improve their health, the land you manage and your bottom-line. It's a simple idea, and one we use every day. We use it to keep cows in pastures with a thin line of electric fence, knowing they won't risk the consequence of a shock. We use it to train our pets by offering them treats whenever they do as we ask.
Livestock and Wildlife Interactions

The purpose of this tutorial is to identify the areas of potential interaction between livestock and wildlife, and to examine methods of managing those interactions to benefit both populations and sustain the rangeland ecosystem. The tutorial focuses on addressing livestock and wildlife interactions in geographic regions that exhibit rangelands, forests, and riparian areas of the northern Great Plains and the Northern Rockies.

Rangeland Monitoring in Western Uplands
  Hard-working ranchers are constantly making management decisions about how to use and sustain the rangeland resource. One very important way to care for and maintain rangeland resources is to monitor the success of ranch management decisions. This web resource is a learning module that was developed at the to provide interactive instruction for ranch owners and land managers in rangeland monitoring.
Visual Guide to Timber Harvesting
  This module is intended for typical landowners that may be considering a timber harvest on their property. You will be introduced to several forest harvesting practicesand the purpose of this module is to describe the benefits and drawbacks of these harvesting practices and allow you to investigate the types of trees which are cut in each. This may help you to understand the harvest type which might be most appropriate for your property, and to identify harvesting practices which are not in the best interest of the forest
Woody Plant Identfication
  As a landowner you must make informed decisions affecting your forest. The Landowner Fact Sheets catalog the most common trees in the US so that you can search for a tree that both fits your site and exhibits the qualities that you desire. Also, these Fact Sheets note which harvesting and growing methods are good for your selected tree


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