Forest Landowner Management Tips for April

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Forest Landowners have a great opportunity to exercise social distancing while getting out on their land and connecting with it. Here are a few tips for landowners to consider during the month of April.

tree killed with hack and squirt

Tree killed using hack and squirt technique

  • Tax season has been extended so for many landowners this can be a great time to visit to learn more about how your tree farm and taxes work together.
  • Check your tree farm for invasive callery pear trees. This time of year is easier to check for them since they bloom and leaf out before most of the other trees. Make a plan to treat them with either a basal stem spray or hack and squirt treatment. To learn more on applying herbicides by hand, read Accomplishing Forest Stewardship With Hand-Applied Herbicides.
  • Check roads and trails for erosion problems and stopped up culverts before spring thunderstorms. Correcting these issues now, will help limit the amount of work and expense later in the year.
  • Check for beaver sign along creek crossings, streams, and ponds. Many counties have the Beaver Management Assistance Program (BMAP) to assist with beaver management. Contact your local Extension Office for information.
  • Now is a great time to check the water quality of your pond to ensure healthy fish populations for the coming spawning season. Soil samples and water samples can be sent to the Agronomic Lab in Raleigh for testing. Contact your local Extension office for more information.
  • Turkey hunting season begins in April, so now is a good time to contact your hunting partners and clubs to discuss safety as well as if there will be forest management activities planned for the month that may impact hunting.
  • Check boundary lines, posted signs, and boundary paint to see if maintenance needs to be done. To learn more on maintaining forest property boundaries, read Maintaining Forest Property Boundaries