Cooperative Forest Management Program

This program encourages private forest landowners in New York to apply sound forest management practices to their forest lands.

There are many things to consider when you manage a forest. Whether it's five acres or one thousand, assistance is available to help private forest landowners sustainably manage their forests. Well-managed wood lands can provide income, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and other values to their owners. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation encourages all private forest landowners to receive the free, professional forestry assistance that is available to them just a simple click or phone call away.

Forest Stewardship in New York

Private lands are critical to the health, beauty and economy of New York. Private forests represent 85% of the forest land in the state and provide clean air and water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and wood products. New York supports the sustainable use of forest resources on private lands by helping private landowners in this process of becoming good forest stewards. Forest stewardship means setting and achieving objectives for your land while at the same time maintaining its environmental integrity for future generations. Your stewardship objectives may include a variety of benefits such as, timber production, wildlife habitat enhancement, aesthetics, recreation, and protection of soil and water. Whatever your goals may be, DEC service foresters are available to help you clearly identify your objectives, develop a plan to achieve those objectives, and become a steward of your forest land.

Forest Management Assistance

A DEC service forester will visit you upon request. He or she will accompany you on a tour of your woodland and outline the existing forest management opportunities. The forester will develop a forest stewardship management plan with recommendations that reflect your goals and objectives of ownership, and based on good forest practices. The forest stewardship management plan developed by the forester will enable you to realize multiple benefits from your land. This service is free to landowners.

How to Obtain Services

Write or telephone the regional DEC office that has jurisdiction over the county in which your land is located. Address your inquiries to the Regional Forester. Ask for information on Cooperative Forest Management.

The Cooperating Forester Program is designed to encourage landowners to work with private foresters in managing their woodlots. Increasing contact between landowners and professional foresters will promote wise stewardship of forest land in New York. Private cooperating foresters can provide detailed technical services to landowners.

Contact Cooperative Forest Management Program

Contact Cooperative Forest Management Program

NYSDEC Lands & Forests
625 Broadway
Albany, New York  12233-4253
Phone: 518-402-9425


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • New York