Whether you own ten acres or one hundred acres, your woodland probably has more to it than you may think. Here's a worksheet to help you keep track of it all. (Some of the following may not apply to you - just mark "NA.")
B. Rank the following goals in order of importance to you (from 1, Most Important, to 10, Least Important)
___ Enhancing the natural beauty of my land
___ Maintaining my sense of seclusion
___ Creating a valuable legacy for my family
___ Providing the benefits of living trees to the environment
___ Earning money from timber harvesting, now or in the future
___ Hunting or fishing on my land
___ Maintaining trails for walking, skiing, or other uses
___ Camping or picnicking
___ Protecting the land from development
___ Preserving the quality of the water on my land
___ Providing good wildlife habitat
___ Learning about or studying nature
C. Think about who else may use your land and whether and how you want to encourage or discourage use by others - family, friends, local community members or groups, the general public.
There is no right or wrong answer, but it may affect your choices about how you manage your land.
Congratulations! You've made a great start on your Woods Wise Management Plan. The next step? Talk it over with a Licensed Forester.
This page does not qualify as an acceptable management plan for the requirements under the Tree Growth Tax Program or any cost share program administered by the Maine Forest Service.
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