1: Preparing a Woodland Stewardship Plan

Additional Resources: Stewardship Plans

Online Resources

  • Landview (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources). This online tool provides direct access to the most recent color infrared aerial photographs taken by the Minnesota DNR for forest management. Locate photos of interest by navigating through the photo database. You can view and download digital copies at no charge.
  • Forestry’s Aerial Photography Program (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources). This online tool provides instructions on how to view digital orthophotos of Wisconsin forest land on the DNR website and how to order photos from a vendor.
  • USGS Store (US Geological Survey). This site offers numerous types of maps, including topographic maps for the United States.
  • Web Soil Survey (USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service). This online tool has maps showing the location of each soil type in the landscape; soil descriptions; use, management and productivity of soils for different agricultural crops, tree species, road construction, etc.; genesis and morphology of soils.
  • Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin (Wisconsin DNR). This site provides an ecosystem map of Wisconsin. You can click on an ecosystem of interest to bring up information including topography and soils, vegetation, hydrologic features, land use, socioeconomics, species of greatest conservation need, management opportunities, and various maps.
  • Rare and threatened species. Several sites provide lists of species known or suspected to be rare or threatened with  their legal status as Endangered, Threatened, or Special Concern. Some state lists include:
  • Stewardship Plan Writers (MyMinnesotaWoods). This site lists Stewardship Plan Writers and the Minnesota Counties where each one works. An interactive state map allows you to zoom into the geographic area of interest to find local foresters

Print Resources

  • Property deeds and legal descriptions. Available at your local County Recorder’s office.
  • Soil type maps. May be available from your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office.


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