Management Plans


Washington State Integrated Forest Management Plan: Guidelines and Template. 2017. Numerous organizations that require a management plan to be eligible for their programs (Washington Tree Farm Program, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Revenue, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and USDA Forest Service) have worked together to create guidelines for a plan that will meet the criteria of all of them.

Management Planning for Woodland Owners: Why and How.  WSU Extension Service, EC 1125.  8 pages. 2013. This pamphlet summarizes the reasons that every forest land owner should have a management plan.\

Guidelines for Timber Management Plans. Washington Department of Revenue. 2015. Washington’s Timber Land and Designated Forest Land classifications reduce taxable land values for landowners whose lands are “primarily used for growing and harvesting timber.” A Timber Management Plan is required when applying for Timber Land and may be required when applying for Designated Forest Land.

Your Forest Stewardship Plan is a brief flyer published by the Washington Department of Natural Resources to explain how to write a Forest Stewardship Plan.

Forest stewardship planning workbook.  WSU Extension Service, EB 2016. This is a digital copy of the notebook that is used in the Forest Stewardship Coached Planning workshops offered by WSU Extension.  Chapters cover: Forest Stewardship and Ecosystem Management; Preparing a Forest Stewardship Plan; Forest Owner Values, Goals, and Objectives; My Forest Stewardship Values; My Forest Stewardship Goals; Property Description; Forest Health; Home Fire Safety Checklist; Water, Riparian Zones, and Fisheries Habitat; Soil Resources; Timber Management; Wildlife Habitat and Threatened & Endangered Species; Forestland Grazing; Aesthetics and Recreation; Special Forest Products; Forestland Financial Management; Estate Planning

Management Planning for the Family Forest Owner.  University of Idaho Extension, CIS 1141. 4 pages. 2007.

Web Sites

Oregon Forest Management Planning provides information about management planning and a template that can be used.  Some resources are specific to Oregon, but much of the site is also appropriate and useful for Washington forest landowners.

My Land Plan is an interactive, online tool for land owners to use to develop a plan for their property.  It is sponsored by the American Forest Foundation, in conjunction with the USDA Forest Service and the Society of American Foresters.  It is free and available for anyone to use to create a plan for their forest land.

The American Tree Farm System hosts webinars on topics of interest to small forest land owners.  A series of 3 webinars titled Mapping My Land, each over 1 hour in length, is available online, free of charge, at any time.  They will teach you about maps in general and specifically discuss the use of My Land Plan.

     Mapping My Land Part 1     Part 2     Part 3

Forest*A*Syst is an online, self-assessment guide, designed for a national audience, with the goals of helping new forest landowners articulate their objectives in a written management plan and foster a working relationship with a resource professional who can provide them with technical assistance.  It covers timber management, wildlife management, recreation, forest health, soil and water quality, invasive species, Firewise, and management plans.