Managing Your Natural Areas

It is important to establish long-term and short-term goals for your natural areas. Developing an awareness of the natural areas on your property will help you to assess, manage and preserve the integrity of these areas.  Before undertaking any stewardship management projects, landowners need to develop a management plan, consider regulations and the impact of their potential actions on wildlife and ecosystems, as well as the conservation and enhancement of bio-diversity – the number and variety of plants and animals living within those areas.

Developing a Management Plan

A management plan for your natural areas is a written, structured plan that inventories the resources on your property, and then provides a set of instructions about how you are going to meet both long-term and short-term goals. Management plans do not need to be complicated, but should include:

  • property information (e.g., legal description of the property and owners
  • property history (e.g., past operations and planting projects, change of objectives
  • maps (aerial photos, natural features, relation to surrounding property, boundaries, forests
  • list of objectives – what you want to do and why
  • inventory of natural features (forest cover, physical features, wildlife, other vegetation
  • schedule of planned activities – including a proposed timeline and an answer to the questions – What? Why? Where? When?
  • a record of management activities
  • review of past activities and update

CVC can assist you with the development of a management plan for your own property in several ways:

It is important to establish long-term and short-term goals for your natural areas. Developing an awareness of the natural areas on your property will help you to assess, manage and preserve the integrity of these areas.  Before undertaking any stewardship management projects, landowners need to develop a management plan, consider regulations and the impact of their potential actions on wildlife and ecosystems, as well as the conservation and enhancement of bio-diversity – the number and variety of plants and animals living within those areas.