Whether you own one acre or a thousand acres, you’ll find information here that applies to managing your land from setting your goals and objectives to how to pass the land to your heirs. Each page contains resources on a different topic to give you the tools and resources you need to reach your goals.


This information is designed to provide materials that efficiently guide management practices for nonindustrial private forest landowners. The Woodland Steward Series will help provide landowners with the tools and resources they need to manage their land according to their goals and objectives.


Links to agencies and organizations useful to landowners and trainers on topics from wildlife to woodland protection for urban and rural land management.




About Woodland Steward Series

The Woodland Steward Series is an extension of the Biltmore Forest School, the first school of forestry in North America, begun by Carl Schenck in 1898 and commemorated by the Cradle of Forestry in America Historic Site in Pisgah National Forest.  It is a series of workshops designed to equip landowners with the tools and resources necessary to manage their land in an environmentally sustainable manner. More

The Woodland Steward Series hosts’ informational workshops for small forest land owners.  These workshops are designed to empower forest landowners to manage their properties to promote environmental and forest health through increased awareness, experience and access to resources. To find out more information on these workshops as well as registration please click here.

For Communities

When we think about forest management we often think about individual landowners. But local governments like towns, counties, as well as other publically-owned entities, may also own forested land. In some cases there may be active plans drawn up for the property and ready to implement for parks, buildings for recreation or other purposes, but in other cases the property may only have hopes or ideas for future use and development, or even no plans at all for now or in the future. Even without development plans, forested or wooded land under public ownership provide environmental benefits for air quality, storm water management and water quality. But in some cases the trees may also provide additional economic benefits.


A landowner education program produced by:

Forest Service Department of AgricultureUS Forest Service 100 years of caring for the land and serving people. Learn more



Forest Service NCNC Forest Service Helping landowners ensure North Carolina’s forests stay healthy, productive and beautiful for generations to come. Learn more



NC Cooperative ExtensionExtension Forestry, NC Cooperative Extension Enabling North Carolinians to make informed decisions concerning the management, enhancement, and enjoyment of their forest resources. Learn more


Cradle of Forestry in America LogoCradle of Forestry Interpretive Association Providing a greater understanding of how forests and forest management benefit our lives and future generations. Learn more