In my neverending quest to find a place to settle and begin homesteading I've found some "candidate" pieces of land that are large and inexpensive enough. However, they are almost all completely wooded as opposed to other similarly sized properties of mixed woods and pasture or cropland. A heavily wooded property is attractive to us for the following reasons: -Privacy -Deer Hunting (In our area I've found that the deer will leave the meadows, etc...and head for deep cover a few days into the firearm season) -Heating Fuel -Woodland assessment -Logging the access road/homesite will give us a jump on firewood -Minimal landscaping and mowing (God's landscaping is just fine with me ) The state offers woodland assessment which requires no sales of timber products or firewood-just that the landowner have a woodland management plan drawn up, filed with the state, and renewed every 3 years. Since we're looking at properties between 10 and 15 acres we shouldn't have a problem generating enough heating fuel from the trees we cull every year along with blowdowns. This isn't even counting the many cords we will undoubtedly have to cut in order access the site and build. However, this will mean that cleared space will be limited. I'd be interested in hearing from folks about homesteading activities that can be done on heavily wooded land. Our goal is really subsistence from our own land, but I suppose if we found ourselves "good" at something maybe we would try our hands at turning it into a business, but I don't see that really coming into play until we retire. Here are some things that I figure would be good for forest land: -Beekeeping -Firewood harvesting/sales -Chickens and turkeys? What else?