FOREST MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP MANUAL
THE MANAGEMENT PLAN
A plan for carrying out forestry activities on woodland
property is important. It can be as formal or informal as the
owner wishes or needs. While in some cases, it may not even be
written down on paper, it is usually desirable for the owner to
do so or have it done by a professional forester.
The plan usually describes the goals of the owner, and a
schedule of activities for the woods or portion of the woods.
Generally the larger the woodland acreage and the more different
conditions of soils and tree sizes in the woods, the more
details are needed. Where there are major differences in
various sections of the woods, the needed forestry activity will
likely be quite different. Therefore, the plan or activity will
vary for each diffent major condition found; dividing the woods
into sections or compartments allows the owner to treat them
separately, for example, divisions or compartments in the woods
may be the separation of large or mature timber areas from areas
having only pole size timber or an old field just restocking
with pine or hardwood sapling or poles.
Many forest owners have only a small amount of time to
devote to forestry work, and a well thought out plan will tell
him when the available time will be spent for the best future
returns. In other words, it sets priorities for work which
needs to be accomplished.
There are many things which may be made a part of a plan of
action; naturally few plans will contain all of them. The
following are items to consider in developing your plan:
To implement a management program, a specific work plan
covering what the owner intends to accomplish in the next year
or two should be developed. It is desirable to list these items
for a particular time of year; if there are not time goals,
activities are often put off from year to year and nothing gets
done. Keep records; you can do this on your woodland (or
- Maps of the property showing the property boundaries and
the wooded portion of the property clearly separated. When the
woods have been divided into several compartments for management
purposes, each compartment should be shown along with the
acreage and the conditions on the compartment, such as the major
kinds of trees and the size-class of the trees.
- A description of the management compartment including
the major kinds of trees, the most important size-class of the
trees, some idea of the amount of merchantable volume by tree
kinds and sizes, and what forestry practices are needed.
- For those with trees at or near mature size, information
on available markets, prices, and product specifications should
be compiled, and plans for sales and contracts developed.
- Thoughts should be given to road layout and construction
so any roads or trails will have permanent value for future
harvests and forestry activities as well as a current sale.
- Property corners and boundary line location and maintenance
should be covered.
- Plans and activities for other values such as wildlife,
water, and any other use of interest to the owner should be
- Record keeping and accounting should be started for
future reference and tax purposes.
- A date should be established for a review of the current
plans; the date will depend upon the forest conditions and how
much activiy will take place in the near future.
A management plan is a tool to help landowners set goals,
and assign priorities to woodland management activities.
Systematic planning is a step to productive forests and
satisfaction gained from owning woodland regardless of how large
or how small an acreage you own.
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Last revised August 14, 1995.
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