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How the Forest Stewardship Program Works

"A photo of misty stream."
Forested streams provide tranquility, fish, and wildlife habitat and protect our drinking water. Photo credit: David Whiteman.


The Forest Stewardship Program (FSP) of the U.S. Forest Service works in partnership with state forestry agencies, cooperative extension, and conservation districts to connect private landowners with the information and tools they need to manage their forests and woodlands. Actively managed forests provide timber, fuel wood, wildlife habitat, watershed protection, recreational opportunities, and many other benefits. They also benefit adjacent National Forest System lands by creating healthier, more resilient landscapes overall.

What is a Forest Stewardship Plan?

FSP also offers resources to help landowners develop a forest management plan (also known as a Forest Stewardship Plan). As a private landowner, you may be concerned about keeping your land productive and healthy now and into the future. You may want to increase its economic value while protecting water and air quality, wildlife habitat, and natural beauty. You can accomplish all these objectives by using a Forest Stewardship Plan to identify your goals for your land and the management activities needed to meet them.

"Three people standing in a forest meadow talking."
Gary Burnett, center, executive director of Blackfoot Challenge, explains improvements on their land to Gordy Sanders of Pyramid Mountain Lumber and Sarah Lyngholm of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation near Ovando, Montana, on August 26, 2011. The Blackfoot Challenge is a group that uses public and private partnerships to help maintain and improve the Blackfoot watershed. (Photo credit: Josh Birnbaum).

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Resources for Landowners

Resources for Practitioners

Regulations and Policies

Program Performance    

"Elizabeth Barnhard standing in a forest meadow talking to another person."
Consulting forester Elizabeth Barnhardt visits a ForestHer NC workshop attendee’s land to discuss reforestation after a timber harvest. (Image courtesy of Alton Perry).




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Contact a Forest Stewardship Program Manager…

Contact your State Coordinator…

National Contact

Caroline Kuebler
Forest Stewardship Program Manager