The topics covered in a forest management plan, as well as the level of detail, are dependent on your goals, objectives and interests. Each forestry program (Forest Certification, Forest Stewardship Program, Commercial Forest Program, etc.) has its own specific requirements, however a typical forest management plan will address the topics listed below. When you meet with a Green Timber forester, we will identify the areas which are particularly important to you, or which are required for participation in the various programs described on this and related pages.
Cover Page including your name and contact information, legal description of the property and contact information for the plan writer.
Landowner Objectives and Goals.
Current Property Conditions and a brief statement of Desired Future Conditions.
Description of the property and how it fits into the surrounding landscape.
Timber Harvest History and Other Property History which may consist of a report of previous harvest acreage and volume, or may be as simple as an estimate of the year of the most recent harvest, depending on your access to this information.
Identification of Forest Health Concerns, including but not limited to timber quality and productivity concerns, and areas at high risk for soil erosion.
Description of Wildlife Resources and Habitat Management Recommendations
- Food Plots
- Habitat Tree Retention and Creation
- Timber Harvest Strategies to Benefit Specific Species
Identification of Threatened and Endangered Plant and Animal Species which may make use of the property, and recommendations to help conserve those species.
Detailed Soil Descriptions and narratives regarding how the soils found on your property impact the tree species found there, their growth and quality, and timber harvesting recommendations.
Description of the roads and trails on your property and recommendations to keep them in a condition that permits sustained use of the property in accordance with your objectives.
Descriptions of each unique stand on your property in order to tailor forest management to the unique conditions found in specific areas of the property. Stands are identified based on species composition, age, stocking level and size class.
Forest Management Recommendations for each stand including but not limited to:
- Timber Harvesting Method’s and Timeframes
- Timber Stand Improvement (TSI, a non-commercial treatment to improve future quality)
- Tree Planting
Conservation Practice Recommendations including but not limited to:
- Tree and Shrub Planting
- Forest Stand Improvement
- Upland Wildlife Habitat Management
- Closure of Unused Roads and Trails
Detailed Maps depicting the following:
- Approximate Locations of Property Boundaries
- Forest Stand Boundaries
- Streams and Lakes
- Roads and Trails
- Soil Types
- Special Sites including camps, unique areas, and archaeological sites (where known)
Summary Table of Management Practices for Each Stand and Recommended Dates
Inventory Report and Financial Projections if you require a detailed forest inventory, we can design a project to meet your needs and consider current market conditions to develop an estimate of future revenue.
Appendix consisting of selected literature and other documentation as an informational resource to the landowners