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between a landowner and a
consulting forester typically starts with
that initial face-to-face meeting, but
the pandemic has forced all parties to
get a bit creative.
Some foresters have been walking
landowners' properties while speaking
with them on the phone, so as to
avoid meeting in person, though
cellphone service isn't reliable in
all remote settings. In other cases,
foresters and landowners have walked
the property separately, then shared
pictures and videos and discussed the
landowners' options over the phone.
"It's a challenge because there's no
longer that opportunity for landowners
and foresters to meet face to face,
shake hands and sit down at the
kitchen table or on the back porch
and just get to know each other,"
Vranas said. "So, the Family Forest
Carbon Program has been focused
on enabling that relationship building
while still prioritizing safety."
Angela Wells, director of the
American Tree Farm System, said
that in these trying times, landowners
should remain focused on long-term
goals for their land and simply enjoy
landownership.
"Forest owners are used to caring
for their property for the long haul, so
a delay of a couple months or even a
year with a set of priority activities is not
necessarily going to be detrimental over
the long term," she said. "Forests are
resilient, and we will have opportunities
to pick back up when this all passes.
This is an ideal time for landowners to
be retrospective about all of the things
they have accomplished, because it
really does add up over the years.
"Those of us who live on or close
to our forestland have this incredible
privilege to be able to get outside
and not worry about violating
social-distancing recommendations
because we can go walk in our
woods on our own. I think many
forest owners have found that in
this unprecedented time, our forests
have really been a place of solace
and of refuge, so psychologically, the
benefits of being a forest landowner
are increasingly prominent now." b

Stuck At Home?
Consider These Three Tips For Forest Management
For family forestland owners,
downtime doesn't have to be lost
time. Here are three ways to stay
engaged during the pandemic
from Sarah Bustin, marketing
manager for WoodsCamp,
AFF's online tool to help private
woodland owners connect with
forestry programs, services and
professionals, and Stephen Lloyd,
a forester with the Florida
Forest Service.
*	 Walk your property with
a notebook and camera.
Some aspects of forestland
can change over time without
people noticing, so walk
your land, take notes about
what you see, and use your
smartphone to capture some
photos.
	 An analytical eye may help
landowners identify areas
to focus on in furtherance
of their goals, whether it's
to increase the amount and
variety of wildlife on the land, to
provide habitat for threatened
and endangered species, to
maintain the land's natural
beauty and privacy, to generate
income, to bequeath the land
to the next generation, to use
the land for leisure activities
such as hunting or fishing, or
to mitigate risks from wildfires
and pests.
	 Use your camera to document
areas that need maintenance
or upgrades, such as fences,
culverts, fire breaks, propertyline signage and walking trails.
It's also a good idea to take
photos of your land each year
to document its condition. If a
natural disaster strikes, you'll
be glad you have those photos
when dealing with insurance,
taxes and applications for
recovery funding.

*	 Become more
knowledgeable. Reach out
to your local forester to get
answers to your questions, help
developing a land-management
plan and information about
educational or cost-sharing
resources. Stewardship
organizations like the American
Tree Farm System and the Forest
Stewardship Program
can also provide information
about cost-sharing and
certification programs.
	 Many forestry, conservation and
wildlife organizations have moved
their in-person workshops and
presentations to the internet,
making it easy for any motivated
landowner to learn about forest
management.
	 Bugwood Apps, developed by
the Center for Invasive Species
& Ecosystem Health at the
University of Georgia, can help
landowners identify and learn
about invasive species. Take
pictures of species you can't
identify, and ask a forester about
them.
*	 Handle your business. With
so many Americans, especially
seniors, concerned about making
it through the pandemic, now
is a good time for landowners
to meet with an estate planner.
AFF offers a wealth of resources
to help landowners get started
at MyLandPlan.org. It's an ideal
place for family forestland
owners to organize their thoughts,
goals, activities, photos and
documents.
	 MyLandPlan.org, along with
TimberTax.org and similar
resources, also can help
landowners learn about
tax guidelines surrounding
timber sales and other forestmanagement activities.
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Overstory
Forests and Families
Forest Interactions
Forestry Amid a Pandemic
National Treasure: The Return of Longleaf
White Oak in the Buckeye State
Tools and Resources
Amazon Makes Major Investment in Family Forests
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