Forest Management Plan

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Forestry is a long-term proposition. Planning and setting goals are important for forestland management. The forest management plan is a blueprint for the forest landowner to follow. It enables the landowner to monitor his progress, and in the case of the Family Forest, is a document to remind the heirs of what the previous generation wanted to accomplish and what they considered to be important.

What is Forest Management?
A Forest Management Plan includes Best Management Practices (BMP's), which protect rivers and streams. Managing a forest provides the proper care so that it remains healthy and vigorous, producing and enhancing the products and amenities that the landowner desires.  Forest management is a process that is as dynamic and changing as the forest itself.

The forest management plan should be neither lengthy nor complicated, easy to understand, and easy to modify as circumstances change. The forest management plan states the landowner's goals and objectives, provides a timeline in which the landowner attains those objectives, and allows the landowner the opportunity to modify the objectives, if necessary.

Steps for Developing a Forest Management Plan

  1. Identify Objectives: Set goals that you want to see accomplished in the future. The reasons people own forestland are varied and can include one or more of any of the following objectives:
    • Source of Income
    • Soil Stabilization
    • Aesthetics
    • Preservation
    • Inheritance
    • Wildlife Habitat
    • Recreation
  2. Resource Inventory: Once ownership objectives are defined, resources can be inventoried. The resources to be inventoried include: timber (see Timber Inventory section), property boundaries, wildlife habitat, streams, trails, roads, campsites, scenic vistas, and easements. New technology such as GPS and data recorders can be used to make the inventory work easier.
  3. Develop and Implement the Strategy: A simple and concise written plan stating the management objectives and a schedule of forest management activities will provide the basic guidelines for the forest management program.
  4. Periodic Review: Changes in ownership, objectives, forest inventory, and/or the business climate can all result in the need for modification of the forest management plan. The review should take place every 5 to 10 years, or more frequently as circumstances change.
Click on the pdf file below that contains an outline about Forestry Management Plans. Contact us for professional forestry assistance with your forest management program.