Even though the Driftless Area of Iowa is home to Iowa’s largest blocks of private and public forest, thousands of landowners in the Driftless Area who are enrolled in Iowa’s Forest Reserve Program do not have a Forest Management Plan, are not managing their woodland resource and have never been encouraged to work with a professional forester to develop and implement a plan for their woodlands. This project explored the effectiveness of using mass media and direct communication methods independently and collectively to influence the private landowners in the Driftless Area to work with a state or private forester to develop and implement a plan for their woodlands.
The Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2013-2018 identifies the most important forest-related challenges and opportunities we face and sets priorities to guide us as we work with others toward our vision for forests in the 21st century.
This study was conducted for the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters (NAASF) to develop effective communications, outreach, and marketing strategies for the NAASF’s Forest Stewardship Project. Research for the study was conducted with residents in the U.S. Forest Service’s Northeastern Area states, which are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Landscape stewardship brings together a variety of partners who have shared interests in the outcomes of forest stewardship. These partners, which need to include public agencies, communities, and forest landowners, among others, can work together so that current and future generations will enjoy the benefits of sustainably managed forests.
This document provides you and other Cooperative Forestry program managers with broad guidance on a landscape approach to forest stewardship in the region served by Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry. This approach has strong potential to increase our ability to sustain the benefits that both society and individuals derive from privately owned forest land by engaging landowners and their communities in its management. Landscape stewardship can help keep forests as forests.
Engaged landowners are likely to make management decisions that sustain the health, productivity, and diversity of their woodland. Similarly, engaged communities are more likely to make decisions that improve the viability of owning private forest land than are their disengaged counterparts.
The Four Corners Pilot Forestry Project was developed by the MFRC’s EC Committee to promote healthy forests, improve and protect water quality, and produce a full range of forest products, including recreation, in a sustainable manner. These goals and more are outlined in the East Central Landscape Plan. This project represents the Committee’s first major effort to implement the East Central Landscape Plan on the ground.
Presently, forestry assistance and awareness in the Four Corners area is rather limited. The region is experiencing rapid parcelization, and the area’s smaller sized parcels do not readily lend themselves to active forest management.
Forests provide tremendous benefits to landowners and communities. Thus, to ensure an equal share in those benefits, the EC Committee encourages all private landowners, foresters, loggers, citizens, community leaders and organizations to get involved in this pilot project.
In hopes to foster healthy, working relationships, the Four Corners Pilot Forestry Project seeks to promote cooperation and collaboration between as many local jurisdictions and landowners as possible. Thus far, the pilot project has worked with private landowners, local officials and agency staff to help increase the amount of land under sustainable forest management.
The Middle Meramec Conservation Opportunity Area (COA), nestled within the greater Meramec River Basin, is an area which was identified in the 2004 Missouri Comprehensive Wildlife Strategy as a place where a number of Species of Conservation Concern (SOCC) are at risk. The federally listed Indiana and gray bats, and three (soon to be four) federally listed species of freshwater mussels are found in the basin. Beyond providing bat habitat, the forests of the area are also important summer habitat for several neo-tropical migrant song birds.
Resources for Forestry Professionals
Here is a compilation of resources that we have determined to have value for forestry professionals.
American Forest Foundation
The American Forest Foundation works on-the-ground with families, teachers, and elected officials to promote stewardship and protect our nation's forest heritage.
American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country, advocates for the protection and expansion of America’s forests. Since 1990, we have planted more than 40 million trees. We restore watersheds to help provide clean drinking water. We replant forests destroyed by human action and by natural disasters.
Best Management Practices (BMP) Monitoring Manual Field Guide: Implementation and Effectiveness for Protection of Water Resource
The specific purpose of the BMP protocol is to create an economical, standardized, and repeatable BMP monitoring process that is completely automated, from data gathering through report generation, in order to provide measured data, ease of use, and compatibility with State BMP programs.
Call Before You Cut
Your woods represent one of your most valuable resources. The decision to harvest, and how to do so, can either improve or set back the future value of your land, its potential for wildlife habitat, and as a source for you and your family.
Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council mission is to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world's forests.
National Association of State Foresters
Established in 1920, the National Association of State Foresters is a non-profit organization comprised of the directors of forestry agencies in the states, territories and the District of Columbia of the United States. State Foresters manage and protect state and private forests, which encompass two-thirds of the nation's forests.
U.S. Forest Service Cooperative Forestry
The Cooperative Forestry Staff, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service, works with States, private landowners, and other partners to promote healthy forests and livable communities throughout the United States. Our programs and partnerships help private landowners and rural communities care for their forests, strengthen local economies, and maintain a high quality of life.
American Tree Farm System
The American Tree Farm System works to give people the tools they need to be effective stewards of America's forests. Privately owned woodlands are vital to our country's clean water and air, wildlife habitat, recreational activities, and producing the jobs, wood, and paper products we all need.