Alternate Plans

Curtis Forest

Site-Specific Management Opportunities

Alternate plans allow landowners to apply for more site specific management flexibility than the standard forest practices rules allow. Use them to apply for a management plan that will maintain protection of your property’s specific riparian and other ecological functions. To be approved, an alternate plan must provide protection for public resources at least equal in overall effectiveness to the protection provided by the Forest Practices Act and Rules
To begin creating an alternate plan, select the option below that best describes your forest’s needs:
Who is eligible?
Any landowner contemplating forest practices activities on their land can apply for an alternate plan, which can provide flexibility from certain forest practices rules.
How does it work?
  • Contact the DNR region office closest to you
  • With the forester’s assistance, assess riparian functions currently provided by your forest stand
  • Discuss management approaches that will maintain riparian functions over time
  • Develop an alternate plan based on maintaining riparian functions, and complete the alternate plan form
  • DNR forms an interdisciplinary team (state, federal, and tribal resource professionals) that will visit your property to assess the plan
  • If your alternate plan is approved as part of your Forest Practices Application you can begin the planned management activities