Management Planning

The plan begins with your vision for the property.  You’ll need to share with me the manner in which the land is being used (at present) as well as your intended future direction.  I often write up a treatment proposal as part of a larger invasive species management plan.  The plan details the current condition of the property, and your vision describes the “desired future condition.”  The treatment proposal then gets you to that place over the course of several years.  We confer on priorities, and then I outline the steps and approaches to pursue.

As an example, I visited a site in Massachusetts where the landowner had town roads, streams, woodlands, open fields, and open fields which she wanted to maintain uncut for bird habitat (bobolink nesting means no cutting until late July).  Clearly, each of these distinct areas required an approach suitable to the landowner’s goals and appropriate to the situation on the ground.

A simple site may not need a complicated plan, but for larger locations and a variety of site characteristics, the plan typically involves a visit, documentation of the conditions, and preparation of the proposal.  Cost of a plan basically depends on the complexity and size of the site, but it boils down to a commitment of time.  You make the call on that.  Continue on to control work.

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