It’s the least you can do. It’s the most you can do.
But it’s really more than that. Stewardship is an attitude… a responsibility.
It’s private landowners who feel the least they can do is to put more back into the environment than they take from it. In its most active form, forest stewardship is for landowners who see their woodlands as more than timber awaiting harvest. They see them as tracts of natural beauty, full of life… and they choose to manage them for the well being and enjoyment of future generations.
The SC Forest Stewardship program is now reimbursing landowners for consultant-written Forest Stewardship plans
Landowners can now join the Forest Stewardship program (FSP) with minimal costs in a timely manner and be provided professional forest and wildlife management advice from approved consulting foresters and wildlife biologists. The FSP will provide reimbursement for plans written by these natural resource professionals. Eligible landowners must have at least 50 forested acres, and their parcel(s) must also be considered a Forest Stewardship Priority Parcel (parcels with >30% FSP priority pixels). Reimbursement will be between $600 and $2,000 for each approved Forest Stewardship Plan. Base funding is $600 for plans with 50-100 forested acres and then $4 for each forested acre over 100 forested acres up to $2,000. After funding approval, landowners have six months to complete the plan.
Funds are limited, so apply today! If your parcel(s) doesn’t qualify for plan reimbursement, but is at least 10 acres, you can still have a Forest Stewardship plan written by a SC Forestry Commission forester at no charge. Landowners with Forest Stewardship plans also qualify for a free, one-year membership to SC Tree Farm. For more information, please visit the links below or contact your regional Stewardship Forester.
- SCFC Forest Stewardship Parcel Qualification Analysis
- Steps for Consultant Foresters or Wildlife Biologists when Writing Forest Stewardship Plans
- Forest Stewardship Plan Criteria and Templates, one-year free membership to SC Tree Farm, Program Monitoring and Forest Stewardship Recognition
Stewardship quick links
|FSP Parcel Viewer|
FSP Priority Parcel Report (example)
SCFC Consulting Forester List
Forest Stewardship Application
|FSP Plan Template|
Regional Stewardship Foresters
One-year Free Membership to SC Tree Farm
SC Tree Farm
SC Landscape Plan
Stewardship from seed to seed
The South Carolina Forest Stewardship Program recognizes the economic value of active forest management. The forest products industry is the largest manufacturing industry in South Carolina, generating a $21 billion+ impact on the Palmetto State’s economy annually.
Between timber harvests, there are the added benefits of forest stewardship. Proper management helps provide diversified wildlife habitats, family recreation, improved soil and water quality, as well as the natural beauty of spring flowers and autumn leaves.
With two-thirds of the state’s forestlands under private ownership, it’s imperative that these landowners take an active role in managing their forests from seed to saw to seed… from generation to generation.
But without assistance, this can be costly. South Carolina’s Forest Stewardship program is designed to assist private landowners who want to do the most they can for future generations: become forest stewards.
If you’re interested in making the most out of your woodlands, both now and in the future, the South Carolina Forest Stewardship Program can help. The first step is to contact the South Carolina Forestry Commission. We’ll help you put together a multiple-resource Forest Stewardship Management Plan.
Eligibility and Benefits
Any landowner who owns at least 10 acres of forestland can qualify. Eligible landowners will be provided comprehensive management plans on a 10-year horizon. These plans are based on landowners’ objectives and will provide detailed recommendations for timber management activities that are designed to help prevent soil erosion and protect water quality, or may also provide optional details on wildlife habitat improvement, recreational opportunities and ways to enhance the natural beauty of the forest.
Certified Forest Steward
With proven diligence, you may also be awarded a renewable, five-year Stewardship Forest Certification, a sign to distinguish your land as a Stewardship Forest, and a SC Tree ID Book- Forest Trees of South Carolina.
Nominate someone today: Forest Stewardship Nomination Form (pdf)
Common landscape and landowner objectives
A Landscape Management Plan was written for the whole state of SC and emphasized common landscape and landowner objectives and how they apply to SC’s level III ecoregions and forest types and provides steps that individual landowners can take to achieve those objectives. To review the plan and those common objectives please follow this link: LMP for South Carolina.
SC Tree Farm Committee
Once you receive your Forest Stewardship Management Plan, you’ll be eligible for a free one-year membership to SC’s Tree Farm Program. Learn more about SC Tree Farm here.