Steps to Start Managing Your Land

  • The foundation of your Forest Stewardship Plan is your goals.
  • Interview plan writers to find one who is best suited to help you accomplish your goals. Talk to your plan writer about what you would like to accomplish with your forest over the next 10 to 20 years.
  • Your plan writer will conduct an inspection of your land to help you understand your forest resources.
  • After the assessment, your plan writer will begin researching and writing your personal Forest Stewardship Plan. This process may take several weeks or months.
  • Once your plan writer finishes a draft of your plan, you will have an opportunity to review it and provide any suggestions, corrections or modifications.
  • When happy with your plan, your plan writer will submit it to a DNR service forester to ensure it meets all U.S. Forest Service guidelines and standards. If it doesn’t meet these standards, the service forester may ask your plan writer to adjust the plan to comply. Once complete, the service forester will approve the plan and initiate a cost-share payment to the plan writer, if eligible.
  • It’s now time to head out into your forest for the fun work of managing your forest according to your Forest Stewardship Plan.
  • The Forest Stewardship Plan and its Service Foresters occasionally interviews landowners to see how their forest is doing and how their plan is working.
  • Landowners should monitor and adapt their plans as needed during the 10-to 20-year period of their plan.