Developing a Forest Stewardship Plan: The key to forest management

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Forest stewardship is the management of forest resources in a way that meets the needs of the current owners, but does not adversely affect use by future generations. It requires that the owner have a sense of responsibility, know the opportunities, be aware of the consequences of actions, and be guided by objectives. A forest stewardship plan is a working guide that allows the landowner to maximize the wildlife, timber, recreation, aesthetic value, and other benefits of owning woodland. A good plan combines the natural and physiographic characteristics of the woodlot with the interests and objectives of the owner to produce a set of forest management recommendations. This plan, if followed, should transform the forest into one that is enjoyable and productive for the owner and future generations.

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