Forest Management Planning

Developing a course of action to achieve your vision for your property

A forest management plan outlines your family’s vision for your forest, describes the current forest condition, and outlines a plan of action to achieve your management goals. A forest management plan is not just about the trees. It encompasses all the resources on your property – roads, water sources, wildlife habitat, recreational sites, and anything else that is relevant to your family and your goals. A plan can help you keep track of activities, communicate with family members and professionals, and earn green certification for your forest.

Learn more about writing a forest management plan

The following resources will help you understand the benefits of having a forest management plan and start in on the process. Start with the Oregon Forest Management Planning Website. It contains guidance on what kinds of information to include in a plan and how to obtain it, tools for writing a plan, and other resources.

For more information, please conact:
Lauren Grand, Oregon State University Extension Agent

Nate Agalzoff, Oregon Department of Forestry 



-Oregon Forest Management Planning Website. A comprehensive webpage from the Partnership for Forestry Education with information and resouces for writing a forest management plan.

-Oregon Forest Management Planning Guidance and Template documents 

-Management Planning for Woodland Owners: Why and How. A brief overview publication from OSU Extension on what a management plan is and why it is useful.

-Management Planning for Woodland Owners: A Visual Guide. A multimedia resource exploring the concepts of woodland management planning through videos, maps, and audio segments from woodland owners.

-My Land Plan. Use this online tool to create maps, establish goals and actions, and connect with a forester. Provided by the American Forest Foundation.

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