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Woodland Legacy Planning

The importance of legacy planning, an overview of the tools available to aid in getting the conversation started, and what resources are available to make hopes concrete.

Eighty percent of Pennsylvania’s 738,000 private forest landowners intend to leave their forestland as a legacy to their heirs or other beneficiaries. Only forty percent have actually discussed a legacy plan, and fewer still have a plan in place. Legacy planning, comprised of estate planning, land stewardship, and communications, is a planning process to achieve a joint vision and a smooth transition between owners. The Woodland Legacy Planning Project, by researchers at Penn State and Cornell, was intended to create tools and resources for landowners as they begin to think about what happens to land after their tenure. This webinar presents a case for the importance of legacy planning, an overview of the tools available to aid in getting the conversation started, and directs landowners to resources available as they make their hopes concrete

Speakers

Allyson Muth, Forest Stewardship Program Associate, Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management