The Value of a Plan
A forest management plan gives you the tools to take advantage of new opportunities, handle setbacks or changes and make informed decisions about your woods.
After visiting your land to understand its ecology and challenges, an expert forester will design a management plan that is unique for your land with specific ways you can improve your forest’s health and value. In other words, it’s a guide made just for your forest.
How Management Plans Can Help
Better Understand Your Forest
Part of planning will involve mapping your forest and taking stock of the species of plants and wildlife, how mature and healthy your trees are, and what challenges are present. Knowing all this will leave you better prepared to seize new opportunities and plan for forest management activities that keep your trees healthy and align with your goals.
Conserve Your Family’s Legacy
A management plan helps you conserve your land for the next generation and gives your family the tools to continue your conservation work. A thorough and well-maintained management plan is a detailed account of your land’s history and everything you’ve done to care for it. This will make it easier for your family or your heirs to understand your dedication to it and to help them make informed decisions about the land with you or in your absence.
Qualify for Helpful Programs
Beyond the Family Forest Carbon Program, many cost-sharing, financial assistance and technical assistance programs that help you care for your land require you to have a forest management plan.
How to Use a Management Plan
The Family Forest Carbon Program provides landowners with management flexibility. Many of the program’s practices are passive management practices, meaning they don’t require specific actions on your part. Other practices are active management practices that do require specific activities, such as removing invasive plant species from your property. Whether it be active or passive, forest management plans are useful tools for improving the health of your forest.
Already Have a Management Plan?
Forest management plans written in the last 10 years can be used for some Family Forest Carbon Program practices. We’ll take a look at your forest management plan to confirm it has the details we need and amend it with additional details if necessary.