Stewardship Plans

Forest Stewardship Planning

Forest Stewardship Plans are formal written plans that provide an overview of the landscape, technical advice, and long-range forest management planning. Plans are tailored to your specific goals and interests, while maintaining the sustainability of the landscape.

Forest Stewardship Plans are an excellent starting point for any forest landowner interested in learning more about their resources and caring for the future of Minnesota forests. They are a good first step when taking on any forest management project such as tree planting or timber harvesting.

Landowners with a current Forest Stewardship Plan and other eligible lands can enroll in State property tax relief programs, including the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA), and 2c Managed Forest Lands. See additional resources to the right for more information.

What’s the process for Forest Stewardship Plans? 
Our forester will meet with you, conduct an inventory of your land, assess local and broader landscape level factors, and write the plan. Plans include an aerial photo of your land, map of the plant communities and cover types, an overview of management options, and predicted future conditions. Once finished, your forester can help you navigate any next steps.

Plans cover topics including wildlife habitat, trail and access construction, timber harvesting, tree planting, and insect and disease issues.

How do I start my plan? 
Contact our office if you have questions, or call to set up a free site visit to start discussing your property, goals, and options. Our office charges plan writing fees based on how many acres are to be included in the plan. Call 218-723-4867 or email bethk@southstlouisswcd.org. You can also read the Woodland Stewardship Book (UM Extension) to get an idea of what it entails.