A forest management/stewardship plan is a working guide that allows you as a landowner to maximize a mix of forest benefits, including wildlife, timber, recreation, aesthetic value and other benefits. Because many changes to a forest are seen over time, a plan is essential to guiding the future of your forest land.
A good plan combines the natural and geographic characteristics of your woodlot with your interests and objectives to produce a set of forest management recommendations. PA Forest Stewardship Plans, Tree Farm Plans, National Resource Conservation Service CAP106 Plans are now comparable. You will need to hire a plan writer trained by the DCNR Bureau of Forestry or a Technical Service Provider trained by NRCS to complete a full plan; you may also wish to look at the simple Forestry for the Bay Plans that a landowner can complete online.
The basic components of a forest stewardship plan are:
Plans are typically written for a 10-year period but should be updated about every 5 years.
More information about the Pennsylvania Forest Stewardship Program.
The Pennsylvania Forestry Association
116 Pine Street, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101