Change is a natural process in forest lands that wildlife needs and heavily relies upon. Through proper forest management these natural processes can be mimicked to create a healthier habitat by producing a lush under-story of available food, and needed cover, by all wildlife.
Qualified Forest Program:
Management Plans are highly recommended for every landowner. These plans create the guidelines not only for the near future, but for long term goals and objectives of your land.
Available Management Plan Options
Commercial Forest Act:
The Qualified Forest Program is offered to encourage landowners to participate in active, and environmentally sustainable management practices. Landowners enrolled in this program save an average of 40% on their property taxes. They are also exempt from the uncapping of the taxable value of the property if there is a change in ownership.
The Commercial Forest Act was put into place to provide a substantial property tax incentive for private landowners. The purpose of the program is for landowners to retain and manage their forest land profitably and sustainably for long-term timber production.
Landowners enrolled in this program pay a tax of $1.30 per acre annually.
Creating Wildlife Habitat
Owner must follow the management plan prescriptions and have a new plan written every 20 years. Landowners have full access to the land enrolled in the plan, and obtain the right to prohibit public access.
Land must follow management plan prescriptions and have a new plan written every 20 years. Landowners have full access to land enrolled in this plan, however, public does have year round access for hunting, fishing, and trapping. Public motorized vehicles are prohibited, with public access limited to foot traffic.
Landowners often have different goals and objectives for their piece of property, as well as ideas of what they would like to see changed, or hold onto for future years.
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