is a forest stewardship plan?
A forest stewardship plan guides implementation of
a land management program to improve and protect forest and other
natural resources and wildlife habitat, and
enhance your ability to derive greater benefits from the land during
your stewardship tenure. Some tax benefits and cost-share incentive
programs require a Forest Stewardship Plan to ensure the landowner's
commitment to conservation practices in return for financial benefits.
A Stewardship Plan should:
Proper land stewardship is the focus of the Forest Stewardship Plan.
To maximize the benefits of forest ownership, a Stewardship Plan
should be established prior to timber harvesting.
- be designed to achieve the specific landowner's objectives
- provide an inventory of tree species composition, age, merchantability,
growth rate, and wildlife habitat conditions
- consider multiple uses of the total forest resource.
- provide options for developing wildlife habitat, aesthetics,
and recreation opportunities accomplished in harmony with timber
- recommend methods of protecting water quality and sensitive
natural areas during logging activities
- include a map showing location of the various forest types,
land uses and natural features such as drainage
- include reference information on resource management
What are the typical contents?
A forest stewardship plan typically contains information
about the landowner, a legal and general description of the site,
the number of acres, landowner goals for management of the property,
a map(s), known threatened or endangered species, and soil information.
It will also identify forest stands by cover type and acreage,
describe dominant vegetation, stand characteristics based on a
field inventory, stand health, site quality, timber quality and
growth rate, fish and wildlife habitat and uses, water quality
issues, timber production potential, recreational opportunities,
hazardous fuels, aesthetics, wetlands, and cultural heritage resources.
Finally, it contains a set of recommendations on actions to be
taken by the landowner to protect soil, water, timber resources,
fish/wildlife resources and aesthetic quality in a manner compatible
with landowner objectives, along with an implementation schedule.
Can I see a sample?
An example of a plan developed by Natural Resource
Consultants for the Hodgin property in Stafford Springs is available
for download. Free Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to open this
PDF document. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat on your computer,
you can download it: Open copy of Sample Forest Stewardship Plan
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