Preserving the Family Woods: tools to help guide transfer to the next generation of landowners

  • Authors: US FS Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry,; Becker, John; Jacobson, Michael
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • Publication Series: Other
  • Source: United States, Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Area, NA-IN-04-2008 additional contribution: The Pennsylvania State University

Abstract

Hello, Woodland Owner! Looking forward to a nice conversation with your family about estate planning? If so, you're one of a fairly small number. Estate planning may not be a fun or easy topic, but this is an area where failing to plan can mean planning to fail. This guide is designed to help make the process a little easier. If it helps to know, you're not alone. More family woodlands will change hands and be subdivided in the next 10 years than at any other point in America's history. With conservation of family woods as the goal, we're providing this booklet to help you begin to understand the many empowering tools you can pick from to get what you want for your heirs and yourself. Keeping your property intact and managing it for the many environmental, social, and economic benefits that private lands provide the public are worthy stewardship goals. Ultimately, decisions about the future of your woods are up to you. Knowing that you care about your legacy of stewardship and ensuring that it continues. There are only four rules to follow from here: You have to think. You have to talk. You have to decide. You have to document.

  • Citation: US FS Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, '; Becker, John; Jacobson, Michael 2008. Preserving the Family Woods: tools to help guide transfer to the next generation of landowners. United States, Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Area, NA-IN-04-2008 additional contribution: The Pennsylvania State University
  • Keywords: NA-IN-04-08, family woods, losing smitty's woods, planning for woodlands, woodland, silviculture, forest owner, forestland owner, forest legacy program, forest legacy, land trusts, conservation easements, woodland, forest parcelization, joint tenants with rights of survivorship, local land trust, limited liability company, estate planning opportunities and strategies for private forest landowners, private landowners estate, stewardship, landowner stewardship
  • Posted Date: August 13, 2008
  • Modified Date: August 13, 2008
  • Print Publications Are No Longer Available

    In an ongoing effort to be fiscally responsible, the Southern Research Station (SRS) will no longer produce and distribute hard copies of our publications. Many SRS publications are available at cost via the Government Printing Office (GPO). Electronic versions of publications may be downloaded, printed, and distributed.

    Publication Notes

    • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
    • To view this article, download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.