A variety of forest management practices can be used to improve forest health and soil quality and affect water quality and quantity. These include activities meant to enable/enhance forest regeneration, encourage growth of desirable plant communities, facilitate better timber management, control competing vegetation, or avoid damage from deer. They may also include measures to protect water resources more directly, such as the creation or improvement of forested buffers along streams.
Landowners can apply for funds to implement certain forest management practices. It is preferred that these practices are listed in an approved Forest Stewardship Plan or other management plan written by a certified forester for the property. A copy of the stewardship or management plan should be submitted with the application for funding. If you do not have a written plan, you may have a forester sign off on your application, or a Common Waters Fund representative will need to conduct a site visit to verify the need for the practice.