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.

ATFS Standard 1: Commitment to Practicing Sustainable Forestry
Landowner demonstrates commitment to forest health and sustainability by developing a forest management plan and implementing sustainable practices.


An important question that forest landowners must answer is, “What do I want to do with my land?” Do you want to generate income to send children or grandchildren to college? Improve wildlife habitat or enhance biodiversity? Create a peaceful weekend getaway? Whatever you hope to achieve with your woodlands, it all begins with a forest management plan.


Each program has specific requirements for a management plan to qualify for participation in the plan.  Once objectives are established and the landowner knows what plan they want to participate in, the writer must ensure that the plan includes the required components.


Maps are a necessary tool for forest landowners. If you don’t already own a map of your property, you should get one.