Daniel Cleveland owns 105 acres in the Erin, New York, which is in northern most regions for the Chesapeake Bay watershed near the Chemung River. Dan has been using his stewardship plan to manage and improve his woodlands for the last 14 years. In that time he has also become American Tree Farm certified and enrolled in the New York State Forest Tax Law 480A, which requires a ten year commitment to forestry. Although he lives far from the Chesapeake Bay, his commitment to his woodlands greatly benefits the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its largest tributary, the Susquehanna River, while also allowing him to enjoy one of his hobbies. Dan is an avid bird watcher.
Life long interest interest in nature. Took Conservation in Vocational education in high school. Owning my own property gave me the opportunity to follow through.
Greater diversity of habitat for wildlife and a well managed woodland as my legacy to my descendants. I have created a living Trust (Cleveland Hill Family Trust) that will assure that my property & business will remain as managed forest & wildlife habitat forever.
Timberstand improvement of 50 Acres with guidance of consulting forester Robert Moore. Owner of Forestate, his forestry consultant business.
Having a Management plan for my property is a very valuable asset that really helps planning for future projects that benefit my over all goals.
I love the process of improving my property and watching it improve has been worth every back ache I may have endured.
When I purchased 101.4 acres of my property it had been high graded twice in 10 years & other wise basically neglected for over 30 years. I was told at the time I paid too much for it. The surprise came 3 years ago when I was approached for a natural gas lease and the income from no surface disturbance leases will likely more than reimburse me what I paid for the property and makes improvements to the property such as constructing ponds and vernal pools much more affordable.
Aside from raising my children and enjoying family it has been the most rewarding experiance of my life.
Finding enough time to execute all the plans and goals I'd like to accomplish.
They are very supportive and often express admiration of what has been accomplished.
I have worked with several and while each has a bit differant perspective all have proven very valuable. As a trained Master Forest Owner I always encorage forest owners to seek professional help.