What 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:
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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