Young Forests

Learn more about young forests. 

When we think of healthy, vibrant woods, we often think of landscapes with big, mature trees. But young forests can be every bit as vibrant and valuable.

Young forests are “up-and-coming” landscapes—special places where young trees and other plants are just starting to grow, and where many forest creatures find precious food and shelter. These forests were once common, arising after wildfires, storms, human-caused fires and other disturbances leveled older forests and started a new cycle of life. But today, these landscapes are dwindling, particularly in the northeastern U.S.

As a woodland owner, you can help change that, and this section can get you started. You’ll learn:

Creating and caring for young forests will improve the health, wildlife habitat and value of your forest, all while adding to your enjoyment of your woods.

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