Why an Oregon Forest Management Planning System?

These guidelines were developed through Oregon’s Uniform Resource Planning and Endorsement System Project (Uniform Plan) funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region through a 2010 Western States State and Private Forest Competitive Grant. 

The Uniform Plan project is intended to make management planning simpler and easier for landowners. The reality is that most forest landowners develop a written plan because some agency or program requires one. With a multitude of agencies requiring plans, a multitude of plan templates and criteria arose over the years. Conversely, these Oregon Forest Management Plan Guidelines allow you to develop a single plan that is endorsed by many different agencies and programs, thus saving paperwork, time and money.  Many cooperators, including government agencies, landowners, foresters, and non-government organizations worked together to create the Oregon’s Forest Management Planning System.

Oregon’s Forest Management Planning System recognizes that forest management planning is a journey – Pathways to Stewardship -- involving several distinct steps.  A landowner’s initial interest in their property may be wanting to take on a specific project or action that is pressing – such as reducing hazardous wildfire fuels or combating an invasive weed.  Landowner assistance organizations and agencies usually first cross paths through outreach efforts defined around mutual interests or resource concerns.  Landowners who are just beginning the management planning process begin a more formal journey by taking the Woodland Discovery step.  Woodland Discovery consists of gathering basic property information and solidifying management goals.  The remaining steps to completing your forest management plan organize the planning elements into specific management planning modules:  soil and water, forest vegetation, fish and wildlife, access and protection, scenery and enjoyment and tax and business.  Every step completed along the way results in the identification of specific actions that you can take to improve conditions of your forestland or otherwise meet your goals in owning forestland. Completion of your forest management plan opens up formal types of engagement such as forest certification and the enrollment of lands into specialized conservation programs that define a long-term commitment to sustainable forestry.