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Thinking About a Timber Sale? Now You Can Call Before You Cut


Maryland has more than 2.5 million acres of woodlands. The majority are owned and managed by private landowners. Many of these landowners understand that successfully managing their property occasionally means cutting some trees for the overall health of the woods, but may have little knowledge about how best to do so. Now they have access to a free program that can help them make informed decisions about the timber harvesting process. The “Call Before You Cut” program offers professional assistance to landowners considering timber sales. Landowners can receive complimentary information by visiting the website,and clicking on the state of Maryland. Click “Request Info” in the banner and add your contact information, or call the University of Maryland Extension at 301-432-2767, extension 315.


Call Before You Cut began in Ohio in 2006. Since then, it has grown to include states as far west as Missouri and as far north as Minnesota. In Maryland, the program is coordinated by the University of Maryland Extension, with support from over a dozen conservation and land management partners across the state. Call Before You Cut helps landowners develop effective forest stewardship plans for their property. The program also encourages sustainable harvesting of timber, supports the use of professional foresters, and promotes the use of Master Loggers to minimize the impacts of timber harvests on forests and the state’s valuable soil and water resources.


According to Jonathan Kays, Extension Forester with the University of Maryland Extension, “Having a credible information source that targets the nuts-and-bolts of timber harvesting can be a real asset for landowners when they need timely information concerning a harvest decision.”


The Call Before You Cut program will help woodland property owners achieve their management goals, and help ensure the health of their forests for the coming years and future generations. Visit or go directly to the Maryland page at to learn more.


The University of Maryland Extension programs are open to any person and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression.