What is the role of the District Forester?
District Foresters are professionally trained to manage forestland. District Foresters administer both state and federal programs and are the landowner’s ‘gateway’ to receiving technical assistance, property tax incentives, and cost-sharing incentives for sustainable management. Ben Snyder is the District Forester for most of southern Illinois.
What other resources are available to help a landowner with forest management questions/needs?
Other resources for the landowner in southern Illinois include the Illinois Forest Landowner Association, the Southern Illinois Prescribed Burn Association, the River-to-River Cooperative Weed Management Area, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and private forestry consultants.
What if a landowner is interested in selling land?
If at some point a landowner becomes interested in selling to a conservation interest, The Nature Conservancy, the Forest Service, and the Fish and Wildlife Service all have land acquisition interests and funding.