Woodland Stewardship Planning

Stream and Woods

The process of woodland stewardship planning accomplishes several results. Landowners are motivated to work with a natural resource professional, establishing a relationship which hopefully continues through implementation of the activities recommended in the plan and into the future. Landowners receive useful information about the current state of their woodlands, along with a schedule of activities for maintaining and improving the value, health and enjoyment of the property. Landowners who develop these plans will be ready to apply for other incentive programs in the future. Landowners who become more engaged in their woodlands now are better able to keep their land as forest for future generations. All of this has a positive impact on water quality in the Presumpscot Watershed.

As part of the Presumpscot River Watershed Project, funds have been set aside for the development of comprehensive woodland stewardship plans (also known as WoodsWISE Stewardship Plans). Funds are available for both new plans and updates of older (10 years or older) Stewardship Plans. The details of the process for applying to receive forest management planning assistance can be found at: http://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/fpm/projects/presumpscot/downloads/presumpscot_ws_ranking_and_specs.pdf (pdf format). In brief, woodland parcels greater than 10 acres within the greater watershed will be eligible (standard WoodsWISE eligibility requirements are still in effect). Priority will be given to land in the "upper" watershed; for example, the Crooked River drainage and other tributaries to Sebago Lake. Priority also will be given for a woodlot's proximity to larger water bodies, such as natural ponds and wetlands over 10 acres and the rivers themselves.

For more information, please call Andy Shultz, MFS Landowner Outreach Forester, at (207) 287-8430, or e-mail at andrew.h.shultz@maine.gov