The first step before cutting anything would be to have you local private land consultant come out from the MDC. I would also have the forester come too. They will help you apply and get cost share programs to help pay the cost. They will also help identify if you should consider logging for extra money if your forest is ready for it. There is a good chance you can have a lot done with little to no cost from you. You have to do the paperwork, follow ups, and planning. But they will tell,you the options and programs available.