What is a Management Plan?

A Management Plan is a detailed document that takes into consideration all the pertinent details of a forest ownership, as well as landowner goals and objectives and spells out a plan on how those objectives are to be best met. Considerations include forest stand types, soil type, slope, topography, brooks, ponds, wetlands and other water ways, wildlife habitat, forest structure and health, recreational opportunities and property descriptions to name a few. These plans are created by resource professionals with a combination of field and office work and spell out ways to meet landowner objectives over a specific period of time; usually 5 to 20 years. These documents can be updated as conditions change and help to crystallize the objectives of landowners as well as help communicate goals and ideas to other professionals.