What is a Stewardship Plan?
A stewardship plan is written by a forester. The forester will visit your site, meet with your School Forest committee to learn your goals, and write a plan specific to your needs. The primary goal of a stewardship plan is to increase the use of the School Forest for education.
Stewardship plans are long-term site management plans. This means that even if school staff changes, the steps and goals of the plan stay the same. The School Forest Program keeps a copy of the stewardship plan and gives another copy to you.
A stewardship plan contains a list of your school's goals, the forester's assessment of the natural resources on your site (including a map), and recommendations of how to meet your goals.
Examples of School Forest stewardship goals:
- Increase School Forest use
- Design trail network and natural features to promote student, teacher, and community use
- Improve the quality of wildlife habitat and timber resources
- Establish or enhance original vegetation
- Maintain health of the trees
- To use the land as an education tool through a self-guided trail
- To demonstrate timber harvests that will generate income
- Reduce invasive species
- Learn from the interactions of natural and human communities
- Protect riparian areas
- Reduce vandalism
Stewardship plans are site-specific and are intended to be used as a guiding document.
Sample stewardship plans