Forest Stewardship Plan Basics

The six steps that follow are designed to guide you through the forest stewardship planning process.

1. Identify Your Goals

The first step in developing a stewardship plan is to identify your woodland goals. How did you come to own your woodland property? What do you and your family do when you are there? What outcomes do you seek from owning your woodland? Sample goals may be to:

If you have multiple goals, prioritize them or determine where they apply to your land. Your broad, property-wide goals may require you to develop more specific objectives in different areas of your woodland. Sharing a list of clear, specific goals and objectives with a forester guides them when recommending appropriate management practices to you. Consider your management plan a living document that you can refine as you learn more about your woodland and its capabilities, or as your needs change.