Coos Curry Small Woodlands Association

Coos Curry Small Woodlands

Providing Resources and Information for Coos and Curry Country Small Woodland Owners

Stewardship Plans

A forest Stewardship Plan defines a landowner´s objectives, describes the current condition of natural resources present on the property, and outlines a ten-year action plan to achieve the landowner´s goals while maintaining and enhancing those resources present. Each plan is unique, based on the resources present and the landowner´s objectives.

The Stewardship Plan describes the existing vegetation, soils, and wildlife/fisheries habitat on the property. It provides guidelines for a sound strategy that reflects the landowner´s commitment to a land stewardship ethic that focuses on the integration of all resources in the management of the property as a valuable legacy for future generations.

There are several different types of Stewardship Plans, each of which meets the requirements for a different program. One Stewardship Plan can incorporate all the information needed to qualify for all the plans. The information for these plan types was taken from the OSU Oregon Forest Stewardship Planning Guidelines.

Forestry Assistance Stewardship Plan (FASP)

A certified stewardship plan is required for a landowner to qualify for participation in the Forest Land Enhancement Program (FLEP). This program is designed to provide financial incentives to assist family forest landowners in defining and meeting their management objectives while protecting other natural resources on their properties. The three main objectives of the FLEP program are to help landowners meet integrated resource objectives as indicated by development of a stewardship plan, to coordinate agencies and groups working with landowners and to fulfill the goals of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds by enhancing riparian areas and water quality. This type of plan would qualify as an Oregon Tree Farm System Stewardship Plan if desired by the landowner.

Resource Management Planning Stewardship Plan (RMPSP)

The Resource Management Planning (RMP) program is an OSU Extension Service training program designed for landowners who are aware of basic forest resource concepts and wish to develop a resource management (stewardship) plan. The program guides landowners through the preparation of a stewardship plan for their forest property including developing objectives, constraints, a resource inventory, and an action plan. The landowner who completes the RMP training program and develops a stewardship plan may wish to take further training and become a Master Woodland Manager. This plan would generally qualify as a Forestry Assistance Stewardship Plan if requested by the landowner and approved by an ODF Stewardship Forester.

Oregon Tree Farm System Stewardship Plan (OTFSSP)

The Oregon Tree Farm System’s purpose is to ensure that the excellence of the American Tree Farm System is maintained in Oregon. Volunteer professional resource managers inspect and certify tree farms, but landowners must provide a management plan. These guidelines were used to develop the Oregon Forest Stewardship Plan Template. The Oregon Tree Farm System, Inc. endorses the use of the template as meeting the requirements for the management plan required to be a certified tree farm.

Guidelines and Templates

The Oregon Forest Stewardship Planning Guidelines (OSU)

The Oregon Forest Stewardship Planning Guidelines provides a detailed guide on what the different plan types are and what information should be included in each. There is also an Oregon Forest Stewardship Plan Template available for use with the Oregon Forest Stewardship Planning Guidelines. (Published 2001, revised 2005)

Planning for Forest Stewardship: A Desk Guide

The US Forest Service has produced a booklet which details what a Stewardship Plan should encompass and how to go about writing one. (Published 2002)

Financial Assistance

Cost-Share Program for Stewardship Plans

Provided funding is available, there may be a 75% cost-share (up to certain maximum rates) for stewardship plans written by a professional natural resource consultant. Cost-share must be pre-approved by ODF prior to creation of stewardship plan. Plans must be reviewed and approved by the local ODF stewardship forester. Minimum plan size is 10 acres. Stewardship Plans apply to rural land suitable for growing trees, or existing rural forestland.

All actions to implement the Stewardship Plan are strictly voluntary on the part of the landowner. The Stewardship Plan does not limit or reduce any existing rights of the landowner.

Check with your local ODF Stewardship Forester to see what funding is available. The application form can be filled in at any time.

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