Sharing Your Woods with the World

John Burke sharing his family’s Virginia forest with U.S. Congressman Rob Wittman and State Forester Carl Garrison.

As a woodland owner, you have a unique connection to the natural world so many wish to enjoy. Many woodland owners decide to share that connection, opening their woods to friends, family members, school and community groups, or the general public. This allows visitors to experience nature in a safe setting and learn firsthand the valuable role private landowners play in preserving some of America’s most beautiful places. Inviting friends, family members, or members of your community to enjoy your woods is also a great way to strengthen your relationships and connection to your community.

Managing public access to your woods can take many forms, from organizing an event on your land to leasing your land for recreational purposes. If you're inclined to organize an eventwhether it be a family picnic or an activity-filled tour for school childrenthis section will help you decide what kind of event to host, how to plan it, how to keep your visitors safe, and how to have a great time on your special day.

You’ll also find information on ongoing public access and leases, and where to get help with one-time or ongoing access.

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