Becoming a Forest Steward in North Carolina

Forest stewardship is a commitment to your land for the present and in the future. True stewards apply the ideas of conservation in managing all of the resources of the forest.

Forest Stewardship: Planning for Beauty and Diversity

People own forestland for a variety of reasons. Some think of their land primarily in terms of timber production or investment potential. Others value the land primarily for its recreational or aesthetic value. Frequently, landowners seek a combination of benefits, using the land for wildlife habitat and recreation as well as a source of income from timber production. At the same time, most owners want to be good stewards of the land they own—that is, they want to protect and enhance their forest resources.

Planning for Forest Stewardship: A Desk Guide

Since 1991, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Forest Stewardship Program has assisted over 200,000 landowners in preparing multipurpose management plans for areas encompassing more than 20 million acres of nonindustrial private forest (NIPF). These plans promote the long-term sustainability of private forests by balancing future public needs for forest products with the need for protecting and enhancing watershed productivity, air and water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and threatened and endangered species. This guide offers assistance to writers of the plans and includes instructions, requirements, excerpts from well-written plans, and specific recommendations for developing a plan. Plan writers vary among States and include State foresters, private consultants, and, through a coached planning process, landowners themselves.

Planting Your New Stewardship Forest

Are you getting ready to plant your land in trees following a recent harvest, land purchase, or inheritance? This publication explains how simple changes in planting design can benefit wildlife, timber, and plant diversity… and your bottom line. Your rewards can be great and last for decades; all it takes is a little planning before the first tree goes into the ground.

Stewardship Handbook for Family Forest Owners

The National Association of State Foresters deeply respects and appreciates the role and contribution of family forests in creating and sustaining the nation’s beauty and bounty. NASF has written this handbook for the nation’s nearly 10 million non-industrial forest and woodlot owners, with particular focus on those of you who are in the early stages of considering how best to care for your forest and become a successful steward.

Wildlife and Forest Stewardship

Developing forestland to continually produce timber and provide wildlife habitat requires an active management plan. Forest stewardship, the process of managing all of the forest’s natural resources together, enables us to conserve our forest resources, including timber, wildlife, soil, and water. Forestry and wildlife management are not only compatible, they are interrelated. Managing for wildlife habitat can even improve forest productivity. This publication describes the basic concepts of management, showing how forestry operations affect wildlife habitat.

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