Mixed Hardwood Stand
Once your goals and objectives are understood then it’s time for data collection.   An inventory of the
trees and other vegetation is made using sampling techniques developed for forestry to give a
snapshot of what is there.  This data is then compared to similar descriptions and charts to determine
such things as number of trees per acre, stocking level and spacing, and growth rate of the trees.  
The forest is then divided into discrete stands, which are areas of the forest of similar enough age
and composition that they can be managed together.    These determinations let the forester
prescribe a set of activities or practices that will move you toward achieving your goals and
objectives.     These practices can be things such as creating hiking trails, thinning trees out to
improve growing conditions, planting trees and shrubs to attract wildlife or stabilize a stream bank.  A
map is prepared that details where the various stands of trees are and other geographic features
such as streams, roads, and buildings.
There are deadlines for submitting Management plans.   For the Forest Management Agreement the plan must be submitted by the last business day
of June.  It is possible to submit at a later date if you will enter the FCMA program.  If so, then a one to two-week grace period can be achieved.
The cost to prepare a forest management plan will vary based on the size of the property.  In most cases the taxes saved will pay for the cost of the
plan in one or two years.   Please call for estimates.  
Having a forest management plan prepared for your property may qualify you for cost share
Contact your local DNR forester for availability    
These practices are put into a schedule that identifies what the practices are and a chronological
table of when they should be completed.    These dates are chosen to achieve your goals in the most
efficient and timely manner possible.  Financial assistance with implementing these practices is
sometimes available through cost sharing programs through the State or Federal governments. All of
this is included in the written management plan you will receive.  A copy of this written document is
what is submitted to the State Department of Assessments and Taxation for entry into the programs.
To get the process started, fill out the survey found on the link below and mail to:

Woodland Management Services LLC
26 Brookfield Road
Pasadena, MD 21122
To develop a proper management plan there are a few things we need from you the landowner.   Information about your property such as tax account
number, acreage, lot number, etc.  This is to help the State Tax Assessors office know which property the plan is written for.   Of more importance,
the forester needs an firm idea what your goals and objectives are for managing your woodland.   These trees are yours and what you want to do with
them is of the utmost importance.   Your goals and objectives can include such things as improving wildlife habitat for hunting or viewing, managing for
a future timber harvest, protecting the watershed values on your land or maintaining the health of your forest.  There are many more.