Working Woods


“There is a lot of bad practice taking place in Northeast Ohio right now. Extreme over harvesting, poor BMP implementation, horrible aesthetics etc. I believe that the Working Woods project is essential to begin the narrative change in this region. It is vitally important and while challenging I am excited to be a part of such a project.” -Adam Beichler, the Wilderness Center Consulting Forester

Working Woods is a 67-acre living laboratory and demonstration site at the Holden Arboretum. This Learning Forest demonstrates what good forest-care looks like for landowners and resource professionals in Northeast Ohio.

About Working Woods

Information for Forestry Professionals

About Working Woods

Most of Ohio’s forest is privately owned. Private landowners face a variety of challenges when it comes to land stewardship including succession planning, pests, disease, poor logging practices, pressure from logging companies, and invasive plants. Good forestry addresses these challenges by working with nature so both people AND the woods can thrive.  Learn more about the forestry treatments being used in the Working Woods such as…

  • Single Tree Selection Timber Harvest
  • Improvement Cutting
  • Timber Stand Improvement
  • Agroforestry and Non-Timber Forest Products (maple sugaring, native medicinal plants, mushrooms and more)

Working Woods is also a site for research that explores best practices for helping woodland properties evolve from young forested land into older, healthy forests as well as the impact climate change will have on our forests.

Access, Programs, Resources

Access: Trails, interpretation, and parking are all in development; the entire site will be open to the public once finished.

Programs: Classes and workshops held at Working Woods can be found in our online calendar. During the social-distancing requirements of COVID-19, classes and workshops will be held as webinars.

Resources: Check out our Landowner Library and Toolkit for management tips and tools.

Forestry Professionals

Working Woods seeks to demonstrate good forestry practices and empower people to implement good practices on their own land. Working Woods is a resource for landowners, natural resource professionals, ODNR, soil and water conservation and park districts, consulting foresters and more.

Are you a forestry professional operating out of Northern Ohio, PA, or NY? We hope that the Working Woods Learning Forest and all that it demonstrates can be of use to you.

  • Relevant Research: The forest at Working Woods is arranged into experimental plots where common forest management treatments are applied and monitored. This research is relevant and directly applicable into adaptive management practices.
  • Demonstration: Working Woods contains thoughtfully laid out and accessible demonstration plots where common forest management practices are taking place in real time and contrasted with unmanaged forest. We hope you use Working Woods as a model of different forestry practices or harvests to share with woodland owners. If you are interested in visiting with a landowner or group, please contact us at communityforestry@holdenfg.org.
  • Cutting-Edge Best Practices: The Learning Forest was designed through a collaboration of natural resource professionals, regional and state foresters, educators and scientists from Holden and around the region. This collaboration has made the site, our professional network, and associated resources valuable as a living laboratory for best practices in the trade. Learn more by attending a professional network day or workshop.