If you're like most woodland owners, you only have so much time to spend in your forest. Job, family, and other considerations must come first. This is not the case, however, with foresters, loggers, fuelwood cutters, and others who make their living in the woods. When it comes to managing their forests, most woodland owners are part time amateurs dealing in a world of full time professionals, and at some point in time they're likely to need some help.
There are several agencies and associations in Connecticut that offer help to woodland owners. Some provide information, some offer professional assistance, some even offer financial assistance. There are so many potential sources of help, in fact, that it's easy to confuse one with the other. Yet learning where these sources are and what each one can do for you is probaby the single most important step a woodland owner can take.
Connecticut Christmas Tree Growers Association encourages state-of-the-art Christmas tree management through informational field meetings and newsletter.
Connecticut Forest & Park Association is dedicated to conserving Connecticut's forests, wildlife, and natural resources. The association sponsors informational events, and publishes a periodic newsletter in addition to the quarterly magazine "Connecticut Woodlands."
Connecticut Urban Forest Council is a statewide organization composed of representatives from Connecticut environmental organizations, state agencies, universities, research institutions, corporations, professional communities and citizen tree groups. Its purpose is to provide advice, assistance, education, information and support to urban and community forestry professionals, associated professionals, municipal, state and corporate leaders, and volunteers.
Eastern Connecticut Forest Landowners Association promotes forest stewardship by providing local forest management and marketing information. ECFLA publishes bimonthly newsletters, an annual directory of local resources for woodland owners, and hosts bi-annual field programs.
Maple Syrup Producers Association of Connecticut promotes maple sugaring for fun and/or profit. MSPAC sponsors bi-annual field programs, members receive a bi-annual newsletter and free subscriptions to the "Maple Syrup Journal" and the "Maple Digest."
Tree Wardens Association of Connecticut is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating tree wardens and others about tree wardens' roles and responsibilities.
Wildlands and Woodlands Partnership is dedicated to a Vision for the New England Landscape that includes conservation of forests and working lands for the greater value of everyone in the region. The Wildlands and Woodlands vision proposes a 50-year conservation effort to retain at least 70 percent of New England in forestland, permanently free from development.
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SYSTEM LOCATIONS:
Bethel Cooperative Extension System
67 Stony Hill Road
Bethel, CT 06801-3056
Brooklyn Cooperative Extension System
139 Wolf Den Road
Brooklyn, CT 06234-1729
Haddam Cooperative Extension System
1066 Saybrook Road,
P.O. Box 70
Haddam, CT 06438-0070
North Haven Cooperative Extension System
305 Skiff Street
North Haven, CT 06473
Norwich Cooperative Extension System
562 New London Turnpike
Norwich, CT 06360-6599
Torrington Cooperative Extension System
1304 Winsted Road
Torrington, CT 06790
Vernon Cooperative Extension System
24 Hyde Avenue
Vernon, CT 06066-4599
W Hartford Cooperative Extension System
West Hartford Campus
University of Connecticut
1800 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117-2600
State Administrative Office
Cooperative Extension System
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, U-36
Storrs, CT 06269-4036
THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION (DEEP) DIVISION OF FORESTRY
1. Larry Rousseau
DEEP Western District HQ
230 Plymouth Road
Harwinton, CT 06791
2. Robert Rocks
DEEP Eastern District HQ
209 Hebron Road
Marlborough, CT 06447
3. Sherwood R. Raymond
Goodwin State Forest
23 Potter Road
North Windham, CT 06256