Forest Management Plans

A written forest management plan helps you identify your goals for your woodlands and outlines the steps you will take to get there. Here are some resources to help you learn more about the benefits of a forest management plan, what a management plan should include and who can help you develop a plan for your property.

General Information

American Tree Farm System Requirements

The American Tree Farm System Standards of Sustainability require certified Tree Farmers to have a written forest management plan that includes the following information about the property:

Additional topics that may be addressed in a management plan but are not required include:

  • Fire
  • Desired species
  • Aesthetics
  • Recreation
  • Wetlands
  • Biomass and carbon

Use the American Tree Farm System’s forest management plan addendum to ensure that your management plan meets the 2015-2020 Standards of Sustainability.