Some of the best conservationists are people that like to play in the woods!
Sometimes landowners just like to use their woodland for a bit of off-roading, or a some hiking. Your land can become like a mini park.
The goals of forest stewardship plans are to keep forests in tact. Often the best way to accomplish that is to make woodlands fun for landowners. Keep using the land, but keep it wooded. There are incentive dollars available to keep forest lands undeveloped. Often landowners can make trails, and make money!
Bonus perk about woodland trails... animals like to use them as well!
Private forested lands are part of a larger landscape called a watershed. The choices woodland property owners make have an impact on the health and beauty of the region. Forested property owners have the ability to help restore natural balance to their watershed through well funded woodland management programs.
Some think leaving nature completely untouched is best for the forest, but proper management of woodlands is required to strengthen the natural foundation of a forest; in turn benefiting the economic, recreational and natural value of the land.
Furthermore, Most of the volunteer forest management programs still allow you to harvest timber from your property!
A Forest Stewardship Plan is the key to cost-share funds & tax-relief incentives!
The DNR’s Forest Stewardship Program helps woodland landowners create and use voluntary management plans for their property.
A forest stewardship Plan is a custom plan that describes your personal goals, unique forest resources, and suggested management activities to ensure long-term economic, ecological, and social benefits.
Your local SWCD can help with a host of forest management projects. But it starts with writing your certified Forest Stewardship Plan.
Tree farm/Tree Planting programs
Reforestation and afforestation programs
Timber harvest management
Timber stand improvement and timber harvest management programs
Sustainable Forest Incentive Act
Property owners can receive dollars for qualifying forest land greater than 20 acres in the SFIA program
Allows a landowner to manage and harvest timber, but places development restrictions on the property.
Landowners of critical habitat forests can optto sell parcels to the DNR. Forest acquisition funds such as the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Fund exist for these purposes.