Stewardship Plan Writing

Forest Management Plans

We provide Forest Stewardship Plans for your property.  Forest management plans provide a base line inventory of the cover types of your forested,  grass or pastured land.  After a plan is written you will be eligible to participate in a tax relief program in Minnesota (2C Managed Forest  Land, Sustainable Forest Incentive Act) or qualified for cost share programs to assist you in implementing your forestry management practices.

 The 2C property classification, enacted in 2008, provides a reduced class rate of 0.65 percent to forested property that is subject to a current forest management (stewardship) plan and that meets other requirements. There is no minimum term of enrollment; property will receive the reduced class rate as long as it is enrolled and continues to meet the necessary requirements.

Legislation passed in 2001—the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act  (SFIA)—allows annual payments to be made to enrolled owners of forested land as an incentive to practice long-term sustainable
forest management.

We can also provide a Conservation Activity Plan through the Natural Resource Conservation Service.  These plans are in-depth forest management plans strategies.  Implementation of specific forest management practices will be discussed.

We can provide Managed Forest Law Plans in Wisconsin to reduce your woodland property tax liability.  Wisconsin’s Managed Forest Law (MFL) is a landowner incentive program that encourages sustainable forestry on private woodlands. Together with landowner objectives, the law incorporates timber harvesting, wildlife management, water quality and recreation to maintain a healthy and productive forest. Sustainable forest management benefits Wisconsin’s economy, hunting, fishing, wildlife, recreation, soils, waterways, and air quality, and renews our beautiful forests for everyone to enjoy.

To participate in the MFL program, landowners designate property as “Open” or “Closed” to public access for recreation, and commit to a 25 or 50 year sustainable forest management plan. The plan sets the schedule for specific forestry practices which landowners must complete. In return, MFL participants make a payment in lieu of regular property taxes plus a yield tax on harvested trees. Yield taxes go to the local municipality to help offset the annual property taxes that are deferred while properties are enrolled in the MFL.

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