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For Landowners

Recreation & Income

Landowners own woodland for many reasons, including aesthetics and recreation. Walking (or riding) a trail can reap exercise and enjoyment for you and for others. With some extra effort and creative thinking, your land can provide economic benefits as well. Below, you'll find information about specialty crops such as herbs and mushrooms; forest products; building trails and roads; managing pastures and wildlife openings; and hunting leases. A variety of tourism opportunities are also available—including recreation, education, entertainment, direct sales, and accommodations.

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Specialty Crops:

NC Herb (sustainable, organic production systems for herbs, vegetables, and a variety of specialty crops, a project of the NCSU Cooperative Extension Service)specialty crops talk

North Carolina Specialty Crops (new crops that have not been commercially grown in a particular region)

NC Organic (a resource for North Carolina farmers, extension agents, and aspiring growers)

Producing Shiitake Mushrooms: A Guide for Small-Scale Outdoor Cultivation on Logs(publication giving basic information on cultivating shiitake mushrooms)

Forest Products:

Managing Longleaf Pine for Pinestraw Production (North Carolina Cooperative Extension handout giving pinestraw production guidance)

Producing Pinestraw (website providing links to resources on producing pinestraw throughout the Southeastern United States)

Income-Producing Forest Products (including charcoal, aromatics, berries and wild fruits, cones and seeds, forest botanicals, honey, mushrooms, nuts, syrup, and weaving and dyeing materials)

Managing Forests for Biomass Potential (information to help you determine if harvesting woody biomass or low-quality trees unsuitable for pulp or timber is thepine straw stand right choice for your land and situation)

NCSU Extension Forestry Biomass Energy website (online publications and presentations)

Southern Forest Products Association (one of the foremost trade organizations in the forest products industry that represents Southern Pine lumber manufacturers throughout the Southern United States)

Pastures and Wildlife Openings:

Managing Pastures to Feed Your Horse (Extension publication to help you manage pastures and streams for horses)

Planting Wildlife Openings (improving wildlife habitat by planting and maintaining wildlife openings)

A Landowner's Guide to Native Warm-Season Grasses in the Mid-South (26 page manual on establishing and harvesting native warm season grasses)

Hunting Leases:

Is a Hunting Lease Right for You? (Extension website covering the many facets of hunting leases to help you determine if this is an option for your land)land management discussion

Hunt NC Farmland (a free service to connect farmers who want to offer hunt leases with hunters who want them)

North Carolina Landowner Liability Statutes (purpose, definitions, exclusions, and limitation of liability)

Hunting Lease Liability Insurance (North Carolina Forestry Association brochure describing their available hunting lease liability insurance)

Building Trails & Roads:

Recreational Forest Trails: Plan for Success (publication describing the stages of planning and constructing a trail on your property)

Building Sustainable Forest Trails and Roads (PowerPoint training on the various aspects of building trails and roads)

Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook (excellent web guide covering all aspects of planning, designing, and implementing trail construction)

Trail Building Resources from IMBA and Trail Solutions book (information from one of the world's premier trail-building associations)

North Carolina State Trails Program (a section of the NC Division of Parks and Recreation dedicated to helping citizens, organizations and agencies plan, trail buildingdevelop and manage all types of trails)

Layman's Guide to Private Access Road Construction (includes the most up to date information on mountain road construction and the impacts of poorly constructed mountain roads on stream water quality)

Forests, Recreation, and Tourism:

Forests, Recreation, and Tourism: Opportunities to Grow a Great Relationship (PowerPoint presentation describing opportunities for landowners to produce income through recreation and tourism)

A Landowner's Guide to Working with Recreationists (information for North Carolina landowners on the liability and benefits of allowing public use of your land)

NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Agritourism Office (liability information, resources, state directory)

NCSU Tourism Extension Program (NCSU program designed to improve the quality of tourism provision across rural North Carolina by helping individuals and communities develop healthy, prosperous and enduring tourism enterprises that will boost economic and community development efforts)

Eastern Carolina University Center for Sustainable Tourism (dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism throughout North Carolina, the South, and the nation recreationthrough innovation in graduate education, leadership development, community consultation, and collaborative research)

Center for Environmental Farming Systems (develops and promotes food and farming systems that protect the environment, strengthen local communities and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond)

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (project mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connecting consumers to local food throughout the Appalachian region)

NC Farm Fresh (a directory of pick-your-own farms, roadside farm markets, farmers markets, gardens & nurseries)

NC Choices (initiative that promotes sustainable food systems through the advancement of local, pasture-based animal production, processing and marketing)

Eat Well Guide (finding local, organic, sustainable food in the United States and Canada)