Big Woods Heritage

Private lands, public benefits

The Big Woods Heritage Forest provides a range of benefits, including:

  • Maintains a voluntary registry of public and private lands managed to conserve and restore Big Woods plant communities
  • Facilitates partnerships between private landowners and natural resource agencies.
  • Provides landowners with an individualized forest management plan
  • Encourages landowners to place conservation easements on their lands
  • Preserves ecological values while maintaining individual property rights
  • Preserves a part of our natural heritage that is important in the state's history
  • Enhances biological diversity by protecting native plants
  • Provides habitat for wildlife, from song birds to game species such as deer
  • Prevents erosion and protects water quality
  • Enhances scenic qualities