Updated: January 8, 2021
By Jonathan S. Kays

Forest stewardship is the management of forest resources in a way that meets the needs of the current owners, but does not adversely affect use by future generations. A forest stewardship plan is a working guide that allows the landowner to maximize the wildlife, timber, recreation, aesthetic value, and other benefits of owning woodland. A good plan combines the characteristics of the woodlot with the interests and objectives of the owner to produce a set of forest management recommendations.

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