Performance Measure 5.2  Guidance for Forest Management Plans

Because landowners are not required to identify desired species, this topic can be skipped in the forest management plan if it is not pertinent to the property. But when a landowner does identify desired plant and/or animals for the property, these species are usually addressed under the “landowner objectives” portion of the forest management plan. The management plan should state what the desired species are and include prescribe management activities to achieve the stated objectives.

Here are examples of how a plan writer might address “desired species” in a management plan:

  • The landowner wants to improve habitat for the following desired species: white tail deer, wild turkey, waterfowl and forest dwelling songbirds.
  • The landowner would like to restore a longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem on the farm.