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Forest Management Planning offered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service

Rebecca Haddix

Forest Management Planning offered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service                                                                                              

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Through the 2018 Farm Bill, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and partners, work together to help non-industrial private forestland owners manage healthy forests.

Private forestland owners seeking financial assistance from NRCS must have or obtain an approved Forest Management Plan (FMP). An FMP is a site-specific plan prepared by a professional forester that guides landowners in addressing resource concerns. An FMP should include general site and historical information including landowner objectives, a description of the existing forest conditions, the desired future conditions, and a forest stand and soils map.

There are several options available for landowners to get an approved FMP. 1) Hire a consultant through the Technical Service Provider registry with NRCS provided financial assistance. 2) Contact the West Virginia Division of Forestry for assistance in developing a WV Forest Stewardship Plan. 3) Hire your own consultant to help develop a forest management plan equivalent to an NRCS FMP or WV Forest Stewardship Plan.

One or more of the following conservation practices are commonly recommended in FMPs: Forest Stand Improvement,

Brush Management, Tree/Shrub Site Preparation and Tree/Shrub Establishment, Structures for Wildlife, Access Control and Woodland Exclusion Fence, and Early Successional Habitat Management.

Dustin Adkins, NRCS Monongahela District Conservationist, and his staff work, from the NRCS field offices in Whitehall and Kingwood to cover Marion, Monongalia, and Preston Counties.

For more information or to apply, contact Adkins at White Hall: 304-363-8861 or Kingwood: 304-329-1923. Or visit your local USDA Service Center.

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