Woodland Health Threats
Woodland health refers to the ability of a woodland to be both productive (meeting your particular management goals) and sustainable.
Woodland health is difficult to define and assess, in part because many factors contribute to woodland health and woodlands are constantly changing. Even a healthy woodland will contain dead and dying trees. Distinguishing these natural processes from more severe forest health threats and issues that require management intervention is key to maintaining a healthy woodland. Several characteristics can be used to gauge woodland health, including regeneration potential, stand structure, canopy condition and species composition. In addition, several common forest health threats exist that woodland owners should be aware of, including insects, diseases, and invasive plant species. Click on one of the following topics to learn more about Woodland Health.