Forest Management Plans
The landowner must have a forest management plan written by a Registered Forester or a natural resources professional who has been approved by the DNR.
- The purpose of a forest management plan is to prescribe measures to optimize production, utilization, and regeneration of forest resources.
- A plan includes a description of how the listed land will be managed and treatment schedules such as timber harvesting and reforestation.
- The Management Plan must meet the requirements that are published by the DNR
Finding a Plan Writer
- A list of Foresters who are registered with the State of Michigan can be found at this website: https://www.lara.michigan.gov/colaLicVerify/
- Select “Search By License Type or Location”
- For “Profession”, Select “Foresters”
- Select additional search criteria as desired
- Click “Search”
Natural Resources Professional, approved by the DNR:
- To qualify under this provision, the person wishing to write a management plan should submit their credentials and resume to the DNR.
Financial Assistance Programs:
There are two federally-funded financial assistance programs to assist landowners with the cost of having a management plan written: Forest Stewardship Program and NRCS program
Forest Stewardship Program
- Funded by US Forest Service and Administered by DNR
- The purpose of the Forest Stewardship Program is to encourage nonindustrial private forest landowners to actively manage their forest to accomplish their own personal goals for their land.
- Plan writers are certified to write Forest Stewardship Plans that meet USFS guidelines for a comprehensive forest management plan.
- FSP Certified Plan Writers are qualified to write CF management plans
- See the FSP website for more details about the program and to find a Certified plan writer:
Natural Resources Conservation Services Program (NRCS)
- Funded by US Dept of Agriculture and Administered by the NRCS
- NRCS Website
Amendments to a Plan
- Management Plans may need to be amended due to issues such as forest health and storm damage.
- Plan Amendments must be written by a Registered Forester or a natural resources professional who has been approved by the MDNR.
- Land owner should submit a written copy of any Plan Amendments to the DNR 30 days prior to the implementation to the amendment or revision.
- CF Management Plans must be written to cover at least ten (10) years, but not more than twenty (20) years
- When a Management Plan expires, the landowner must submit a new management Plan and Management Plan Certification to the DNR, if they wish to remain in the CF program
- If a new plan is not submitted, the landowner will be in violation and must withdraw the land from the program.
Forest Management Plan Certification (PR4113)
- Landowners must certify to the DNR that a forest management plan exists and is effect on all CF land.
- Plan Certifications must include notarized signature(s) of all landowners.