Forest Resource Management Planning: Why Plan? The Planning Process

Robert D. Tew; Thomas J. Straka; and Tamara L. Cushing

Business, Finance, and Economics, Forest Management, and Environmental Management

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Without proper planning the forest owner may find future forest conditions that do not meet his or her goals.  Planning ensures that timber products that are expected to be marketable are produced and, if profitability is a goal, that the timing of thinnings and harvests are optimal.  It can ensure wildlife habitat develops to encourage selected wildlife species and it can ensure that the forest has recreation potential.  Proper planning can even minimize the income taxes paid at harvest or provide for a forest estate that spans the generations. 

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