Here's one of the national forest boundary markers on my property line. I have national forest on three sides of me. That's the primary protection I have against encroachment. So far the government has been good, though not perfect, in terms of protecting the forest from logging and development. You can never tell with them, though. Their idea of good forest management is clear cutting everything like a giant lawn mower came through. They aren't above "swapping" parcels of beautiful mountain land for no good, worthless land if the right people profit by it. Average citizens are not the right people.
I get out and walk my property lines when I can. I don't do it as often as in years past, but you have to do it. Once I found that someone had come up on my land and cut a bunch of my silver maples. I know where that wood went, it went across the state line to be made into furniture. They come in on four wheelers, cut the trees, and drag them down slope to a forest service road. Then they load the wood on a truck and they are gone.
I never go into the woods without my dogs. There are a lot of animals out there I don't want to walk up on. Hogs and bears are the number one denizens I don't want to surprise. We have coyote, red wolves, Bob cats, and despite what the bureacrats say in the capitol we have panthers (or mountain lions) too. For years the state said the mountain lions had all been killed off . People who live up here would see them, though. My wife and I saw one once crossing a freshly harvested cornfield, plain as day. But the state always said no, we were seeing dogs, etc. This from people who never leave the city. Then when the forest service starting using trail cameras to check on the wildlife they got pictures of a panther. So much for the hoity toity so holier than thou we know better than you peasants stuffed shirts.
It takes me a lot longer to recover from a hike in the woods than it used to do. But the weather is nice, my wife is home, and tomorrow we can get some work on the roof done.