Why You Need a Forest Management Plan

The forest management decisions you make today have a long-term impact on the health and productivity of your woodlands. So it’s important to know what you want to accomplish with your land and to develop a strategy for achieving those goals. A written forest management plan helps you organize your thoughts about your priorities and provides guidance on the steps you will take over the years to move toward those goals. A management plan is also required for the present-use value tax break as well as for certification and cost-share programs.

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.