Forest stewardship is a general approach to forest management that meets the needs of current owners but doesn’t detract from or degrade the use by future generations. Georgia’s Forest Stewardship Program began in 1990 as part of a larger national effort to better educate non-industrial private forest landowners in multiple-use or stewardship management of their land and resources.

A Forest Stewardship management plan can be provided to landowners interested in managing their forestland for purposes such as:

  • timber
  • wildlife habitat
  • recreational opportunities
  • aesthetics
  • soil and water conservation

Developing a Forest Stewardship Management Plan

Basic information for a specific tree or forest situation is usually conveyed in a few sentences or a brief plan. This is typically within a single stand of trees and might be a plan describing the steps necessary to plant a new stand of trees, how to improve their growth, thinning a stand of timber, conducting a timber sale, prescribed burning, timber harvest options or insect damage control.

A management plan is provided when more detailed information is requested or needed. These are detailed and comprehensive management plans written by natural resource professionals. This includes an evaluation of the property and development of a management program to help the landowner reach their objectives while improving the management of all resources.

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Helpful Resources

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Consulting Foresters List

This application allows you to search for consulting foresters that cover the state of Georgia. These professionals are registered foresters within the state and have personally requested to be added to GFC’s database.

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Consulting Foresters List

This application allows you to search for consulting foresters that cover the state of Georgia. These professionals are registered foresters within the state and have personally requested to be added to GFC’s database.

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Forest Steward Designation Evaluation Form

Landowners enrolled in Georgia’s Forest Stewardship Program should periodically be evaluated to ensure they are on the path of good land stewardship. Before a landowner can be honored as a Forest Steward, a completed copy of this evaluation form along with a copy of the forest stewardship plan must be provided to the local District Stewardship Forester.

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Forest Stewardship Program Application

Apply to the Forest Stewardship Program.

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Forest Stewardship Program Map

Contacts and map.

Guidelines for Forest Steward Designation

These guidelines are intended to set the standards for judging whether or not landowners have accomplished sufficient stewardship management of their forest resources to warrant their designation as a “Forest Steward” and their property certified as a Stewardship Forest by Georgia’s Forest Stewardship Program.

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Longleaf Pine Forest Establishment Hub

The Forest Stewardship Program is designed to integrate forest management objectives of sustaining quality native timber, native wildlife populations, soil & water resources, aesthetics, & recreation, over a 10-year planning period. This template provides landowners with technical guidance that places near-equal emphasis of these objectives. It prescribes conservation practices to establish new longleaf pine forests using either artificial planting methods or natural regeneration methods.

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New Stewardship Plan Shapefile Requirements

View shapefile requirements and GFC District Stewardship Foresters.

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Standards for Forest Stewardship Plans & Renewals

Georgia’s Forest Stewardship Program utilizes the unprecedented cooperation of resource professionals from both the public and private sector with backgrounds in forestry, wildlife biology, soil science, and recreation management. Working together, they produce detailed and comprehensive management plans called Forest Stewardship Plans for landowners enrolled in the program.

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