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Property Management & Forestry Resources

Emery Gluck CFPA Volunteer Forester marking trees

The Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) prides itself on being a statewide leader in forest and trail conservation and the best way to lead is by example. With the help of volunteers and consultants, CFPA manages over 400 acres of forested property, monitors another 1,800 acres of conservation easements, and maintains over 825 miles of trails. We can help on a wide array of conservation topics and if one of our dedicated staff cannot help, we can point you in the right direction. Check out the management topics/resources below or contact Lindsay Suhr at lsuhr@ctwoodlands.org or (860) 346-TREE for additional information. Most of these links are to partner websites, which may occasionally change so be sure to notify us if you come across any broken links or access issues while using this page.  

THE BASICS:

GENERAL FORESTRY RESOURCES:

STATE PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES:

  • Tax Classification of Land as Forest Land - A program that allows forest landowners to classify their land at its current use instead of at its potential as development land, which helps reduce the amount of taxes landowners pay.
  • Coverts Project for Forestry Education - A 3 1/2 day intensive forest education program that establishes a knowledge baseline and sets up a network of peer to peer educators. Click here to view example presentations from this jam-packed educational program. 
  • State Service Foresters - A program that allows a forest landowner to request a state forester to come out and walk their property for free to learn about the resources and options available to them.
  • UCONN Extension Forestry - Provides education to landowners, municipals owners, public about forestry in CT.

YOUNG FOREST RESOURCES:

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: 

  • NRCS Service Center Locations - The Natural Resource Conservation Service offers grant opportunities for landowners. Visit or call a local office to find out if you qualify.
  • EQIP Funding Program Info - Helps fund forest management plans and aspects of the forest management process.

FINDING PROFESSIONALS:

  • CT Certified Foresters Directory - Connecticut has a growing list of certified foresters who can be hired to write management plans and manage timber harvest operations. 
  • Technical Service Providers - If you apply for funding through NRCS programs a technical service provider might be required to carry out your management work. 
  • CT Agricultural Experiment Station - Researchers can help identify invasive plants and insects and provide a wide array of information regarding ecosystems across CT. 

MAPPING RESOURCES:

MANAGEMENT PLAN DEVELOPMENT:

WILDLIFE RESOURCES:

INVASIVE SPECIES RESOURCES:

Invasive species are those that are alien to the ecosystem in which they have been introduced and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause harm to the environment or human health. Many of these species have no natural enemies in our  landscape and can out-compete and displace native species.

LAND CONSERVATION RESOURCES:

TEACHER & OUTREACH RESOURCES: