Habitat Management Plans
In some instances, landowners and Private Lands Biologists may decide it is appropriate to develop a habitat management plan for a specific property during a set period of time, usually five to ten years. Management plans often include a clearly defined list of goals and objectives, detailed site evaluation, and specific prescriptions for management practices with a timeline for completion and maps detailing arrangement of practices. Management plans are labor intensive and should only be perused in instances where the long-term goals and objectives of the property are completely clear and unlikely to change significantly over the course of the plan. Where forest management is a key component, Private Lands Biologists often recommend that landowners contact a Registered Forester, including a private forestry consultant or a Service Forester with the Mississippi Forestry Commission, for more information, especially where timber revenue is a consideration.