New Forest Management Plan Template for Small Woodland Owners
Northwest Certified Forestry recently completed two new templates that assist small woodland owners with developing a forest management plan.
Northwest Certified Forestry recently completed two new forest management plan templates for small woodland owners. The templates are intended to facilitate the process of developing forest management plans that meet the Forest Stewardship Council™'s (FSC®) forest management standards.
"Many landowners who contact us expressing interest in becoming FSC certified do not have forest management plans", said Kirk Hanson, the South Sound Regional Director for Northwest Certified Forestry. "These new templates will aid them in developing a comprehensive forest management plan that also meets FSC's criteria."
The templates include a comprehensive long version, intended for larger landowners or landowners who practice more intensive forestry, and an "EZ" version for smaller landowners.
"Recent surveys of forest landowners in Washington state indicate that the majority of folks don't have forest management plans," said Hanson. "However, the same surveys also indicate that half of these landowners are interested in developing a plan. Therefore, we responded to a need and added the FSC overlay in order to help landowners become better positioned for emerging markets for green certified wood products."
The two templates can be found on Northwest Certified Forestry's website at: http://www.nnrg.org/nw-certified-forestry/Membership.
About Northwest Certified Forestry
Northwest Certified Forestry is a non-profit membership program that helps small woodland owners optimize the economic and ecological potential of their forestlands. NCF has developed the region’s first marketing program that distinguishes locally produced forest products harvested from small forestlands. NCF has accomplished this by building a network of landowners, wood products manufacturers, lumberyards, and buyers that specialize in forest products that are certified to the high performance standards of the Forest Stewardship Council. NCF provides FSC certification and a wide range of services and benefits to small woodland
owners. To learn more about NCF, visit their website at: www.nwcertified.org.