It is always good to clean up dead and dying trees and deadfall to allow live timber to flourish and be featured. Selective cutting can also sometimes be beneficial and enhance a property’s value as well as provide some income for you. However, once timber is cut, it is gone, so it is generally best to err on the side of not cutting (or cutting less).
Minnesota Forest Industries provides a wealth of information on best management practices, sources of forestry assistance, how to choose a quality logger, and more. The Land Enjoying section of our Toolbox lists other organizations and programs that may assist you in determining whether to have timber logged or thinned, or other options and incentives available to owners (or buyers) of timberland.