The Forest Stewardship Program encourages long-term stewardship of important State and private forest landscapes, by assisting landowners to more actively manage their forest and related resources. The Program provides assistance to owners of forest land and other lands where good stewardship, including agroforestry applications, will enhance and sustain the long term productivity of multiple forest resources and produce healthy, resilient forest landscapes. Special attention is given to landowners in landscape areas identified by State Forest Action Plans and those new to, or in the early stages of managing their land in a way that embodies multi-resource stewardship principles. The program provides landowners with professional planning and technical assistance they need to keep their land in a productive and healthy condition. Assistance offered through the Forest Stewardship Program also provides landowners with enhanced access to other USDA conservation programs, forest certification programs, and forest product and ecosystem service markets.
For more details on how the Forest Stewardship Program operates, see the National Standards and Guidelines.
FSP Strategic Plan
The Forest Stewardship Plan Resource Elements Guidance is a resource for plan preparers who are working to fully meet multi-resource management objectives of their landowner clients.
Landscape Stewardship Guide (NA)
Guiding Principles for Delivery of Coordinated Planning Assistance to Private Forest Landowners
"A new Appendix
to the national standards and guidelines provides additional
guidance for foresters preparing plans to expedite and facilitate
participation in USDA cost-share programs when requested by
the forest landowner."
Forest Stewardship Management Plans
As of 2013 the Stewardship Mapping and Reporting Tool (SMART) has over 91,000 approved plans covering approximately 24 million acres of nonindustrial private forest (NIPF) land. Forest Stewardship plans lay out strategies for achieving
unique landowner objectives and sustaining forest health and
vigor. Actively managed forests provide timber, wildlife habitat,
watershed protection, recreational opportunities and many
other benefits for landowners and society. Forest Stewardship
plans motivate landowners to become more active in planning
and managing their forests, greatly increasing the likelihood
that their forests will remain intact, productive and healthy,
and that the social, economic and environmental benefits of
these lands will be sustained for future generations. For
guidelines relating to Forest Stewardship plan development,
for your Forest with a Forest Stewardship Plan and Planning
for Forest Stewardship: A Desk Guide.
Spatial Analysis Project (SAP) is a GIS-based strategic
management tool that allows participating State forestry agencies
to identify and spatially display important forest lands (rich
in natural resources, vulnerable to threat), tracts currently
under Forest Stewardship Plans, and areas of opportunity to
focus future Forest Stewardship Program efforts.
Participation in the Forest Stewardship program
is open to any non-industrial private forest landowners who
are committed to the active management and stewardship of
their forested properties for at least ten years. The FSP
is not a cost share program. Cost-share assistance for plan
implementation may be available through other programs such
as the Forest Land Enhancement Program. To find out how you
can participate in the Forest Stewardship Program offered
by your State, please contact your State Forester's office.
For a list of State Foresters, click
Rural Forestry Assistance
The Forest Stewardship Program also assists
State forestry agencies with a variety of programs to further
support NIPF owner planning and management efforts including
tree improvement and seedling production, and landowner education
programs. The Rural Forestry Assistance component of the Forest
Stewardship Program also provides for tree planting and timber
stand improvement projects on non-federal forest land the
development of discrete, resource targeted management prescriptions
or practice plans for landowners.
For more information on how this program is managed nationally,
contact Laurie Schoonhoven, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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