As a private forest landowner, you are a vital link in the sustainability of Virginia’s forest resources. Your land provides many benefits to all Virginians, including wood products, wildlife habitat, clean air and water, and recreational opportunities. Because forest landowners like you own and control three-quarters of the state’s forestland, the decisions you make regarding your forest today will impact the quality of Virginia’s forests for many years. The purpose of this publication is to provide you with some basic information on forest management and specifics on how timber harvesting should be conducted to ensure the sustainability of your forest resources.