Profit from Your Woods
WISE USE OF A VALUABLE RESOURCE
Forests are a natural resource. Humans have always harvested wood products—timber, fuel, paper, and wild herbs—to meet their needs. Today, markets are developing for other forest products and amenities, including biofuel, carbon credits, conservation easements, and water credits. The idea is that if standing forests are as financially lucrative as clear cut land, few people would choose to sell or clear their land. Harvesting trees intelligently can be good for the woodland ecosystem as it facilitates forest renewal and can help improve stand quality. This section will introduce you to some opportunities for generating income from your woods without compromising their recreational value and health.