Jake Hendee, Consulting Forester
On most woodlands, the best action you can take immediately is timber stand improvement. Whether that is a commercial improvement harvest, a month-long timber stand improvement effort, or just a weekly hike with a bottle of herbicide and a hatchet, you can always improve the quality of your woods. If you're too busy, there are cost-share resources and willing consultants to get the job done.
Check out the Forest Improvement Handbook that Purdue University and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources have teamed up to put together.