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:

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