Forest Management Plans

Federal & State Forest Landowner Programs

Several states offer landowners a substantial tax benefit by having an approved forest management plan in place.

Ohio Forest Tax Law

OFTL provides a 50% reduction of property taxes on qualifying forested acreage.


Minimum qualifications include: 10 acres of forestland, marked boundaries, & approved forest management plan.


Source: Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, Ohio Forest Tax Law

Managed Timberland Program

MTP provides significant tax incentives for forest landowners who practice sustainable forestry on their property.


Minimum qualifications include: 10 acres of forestland, halt on timber harvest until plan approved, & approved forest management plan.


Source: West Virginia Div. of Forestry, Management Assistance

Current Agricultural Use Value

CAUV provides tax savings to landowners by assessing the forested property as commercial agriculture rather than its "highest and best" potential use. Results in typically >50% reduction of taxes on qualifying acres.


Minimum qualifications include: 10 acres of forestland, marked boundaries, & approved forest management plan.


Source: Ohio Dept. of Taxation, Current Agricultural Use Value

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

EQIP is a program of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, under the USDA, that provides financial & technical assistance to landowners to address natural resources concerns on their property. Funding may be available to qualified landowners for practices such as: invasive species removal, forest stand improvement, & more.


Source: USDA, Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Management Plan Styles

Select the forest management plan style that best suites your goals & objectives! All styles qualify for the programs listed above.

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Basic Forest Management

Priced by the acre

This plan incorporates scientifically-backed and ecologically-sound forest management principles and techniques in order to grow, maintain, and reproduce commercially-viable timber species while providing periodic income for the landowner.

Includes:

  • Landowner Goals & Objectives
  • Long Term Forest Sustainability & Health Priority
  • Stand Maps
  • Soil Map
  • Treatment Schedule
  • Treatment Map
  • Forest Stand Descriptions & Analysis
  • Forest Resources Description

Forest Wildlife Habitat Management

Priced by the acre

This style incorporates scientifically-backed and ecologically-sound habitat management principles and techniques in order to promote and reproduce commercially-viable timber species while also prioritizing wildlife habitat enhancement practices such as: creation of bedding thickets, edge feathering, vertical and horizontal forest diversity, promotion of herbaceous species, etc.

​Includes:

  • Landowner Goals & Objectives
  • Long Term Forest Sustainability & Health Priority
  • Stand Maps
  • Soil Map
  • Treatment Schedule
  • Treatment Map
  • Forest Stand Descriptions & Analysis
  • Forest Resources Description
  • Historical Maps
  • Habitat Conditions & Analysis
  • Openlands Stand Descriptions & Analysis
  • Threatened & Endangered Species Lists

Commercial Timber Management

Priced by the acre

You will be provided a statistically-sound timber inventory in order for us to collect relevant data to decide if/when a commercial timber sale operation is feasible, as well as an estimated valuation and projected timber sale removal volumes for a future sale. 

Includes:

  • Landowner Goals & Objectives
  • Long Term Forest Sustainability & Health Priority
  • Stand Maps
  • Soil Map
  • Treatment Schedule
  • Treatment Map
  • Forest Stand Descriptions & Analysis
  • Forest Resources Description
  • Timber Appraisal
  • Timber Tax Basis Inventory
  • Stand & Stock Tables
  • Diameter Distribution
  • Forest Productivity Map
  • Statistical Forest Inventory Information

Combination Forest Management

Priced by the acre

This is Heritage Habitat & Forestry’s signature product!

Includes:

  • Landowner Goals & Objectives

  • Long Term Forest Sustainability & Health Priority
  • Stand Maps
  • Soil Map
  • Treatment Schedule
  • Treatment Map
  • Forest Stand Descriptions & Analysis
  • Forest Resources Description
  • Historical Maps
  • Habitat Conditions & Analysis
  • Openlands Stand Descriptions & Analysis
  • Threatened & Endangered Species Lists
  • Timber Appraisal
  • Timber Tax Basis Inventory

  • Stand & Stock Tables
  • Diameter Distribution
  • Forest Productivity Map
  • Statistical Forest Inventory Information

For all our management plan styles, the landowner will receive the follow data package:


• Your personalized, property-specific management plan with recommended treatments and practices to improve your property based upon your goals & objectives

• A soil report of your property

• Any maps used to create your plan

• All digital GIS files used to create your maps

• Inventory data, both raw & refined in Excel worksheets

• Any relevant landowner fact sheets provided by the NRCS & OSU Extension, among others

All recommended management practices are based on proven science and are only applied if they meet the following criteria: 1) ecologically and environmentally sound and will do no harm to the sustainability of the natural resource, 2) fits the landowner’s goals and objectives, and 3) is realistically able to be accomplished given the landowner’s constraints

The health and sustainability of natural resources is Heritage Habitat & Forestry’s primary focus.