Goals are based on your reasons and interests in owning forestland. Here are some examples:

  • Improve forest health
  • Protect against wildfires
  • Provide and improve wildlife habitat
  • Develop ponds or other water sources
  • Learn about or study nature
  • Establish new tree plantings
  • Enhance tree growth and quality in your forest
  • Hunting or fishing
  • Generate income from harvesting timber
  • Generate income from non-timber products
  • Generate income from recreational access and use
  • Restore native habitats
  • Control invasive species
  • Maintain and develop trails for hiking and skiing
  • Develop and maintain trails for off-road recreational vehicle use
  • Improve fish habitat including stream-side forests
  • Retain my land as a forest
  • Provide benefits of trees to the environment
  • Maintain a secluded place to live
  • Pass property on to heirs
  • Others...

Objectives are expressed in measureable units. Objectives can be thought of as specific "targets" for attaining the goal. For example, suppose one of your goals is to generate income from harvesting timber. An objective for this goal might be to generate an average of $XX/year over the next ten years.

Determining your goals and objectives is the most important step to forest management planning. Your goals and objectives shape the management of your forest and thus they also shape your management plan.