Forest Landowner Tips for Fall

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Fall is now officially here, and with the weather beginning to finally cool down, and the bugs and snakes beginning to slow down, it is a great time to get out in the woods and work! Hunting season is also here, so please make sure to wear blaze orange when you’re out in woods, so you are safe and visible. Here are some tips for forest landowners and activities for the fall season:

  • Make sure you have contact with your hunting club or hunting lease members in case you are planning on working out in the forest. Good communication with hunters can help to avoid accidents and altercations out in the woods. Make sure all hunters have permission forms signed by the landowner and hunter.

    Example of how to post their protery as permission needed with purple paint on trees.

    A new way for landholders to post their property is with purple paint. The landholder can paint a vertical line of purple paint on trees or posts around property
    boundary, or areas intended to prohibit trespass.

  • Make sure your land is posted and boundaries marked to avoid problems with trespass and hunting issues.
  • Continue with invasive species control around your forest. Management of invasive species, both flora and fauna, is important to sustaining and enhancing native wildlife and game species.
  • Consult your local NC Wildlife Commission Officer for information and questions on the Landowner Protection Act.
  • Continue to review your forest management plan, making updates if you have harvested or thinned stands or have made any improvements to roads, crossings, or structures. Updating maps using county GIS, Google Earth, or with the aid of a consulting forester.
  • Continue to monitor forest health issues such as diseases and insect invaders. Contact your local County Forest Ranger or Extension Agent if you have questions about forest health.
  • Enjoy your land! Fall is a great to experience the woods for the beauty of the changing leaves, wildlife, and weather to hike, bike, and hunt!

    People hiking in the woods

    Enjoying a hike through the woods.

For more information related to this article, please contact your local Extension Office.