Forest Action Plan
A vision for Delaware’s rural and urban and community forests
Delaware’s forests, rural and urban, public and private, are vital to our environment, our way of life, and our economy. The Delaware Forest Service, working with other organizations and our citizens, strives to ensure that our forests continue providing the numerous benefits that all Delawareans enjoy.
Our agency recently completed a statewide forest resource assessment with guidance from the Delaware Forest Stewardship Committee. This Forest Action Plan identifies the priority issues, threats, and opportunities currently facing Delaware’s forests. We worked closely with a variety of stakeholders to develop 19 comprehensive and long-term strategies to guide us in these efforts.
Each strategy contains multiple action items with performance goals to help measure success. Many of the action items will require years, if not decades, to achieve and will also require partnering with multiple organizations, public and private, to accomplish. Nonetheless, we believe this document is an excellent guide to help the Delaware Forest Service and cooperating partners focus limited resources on the most important issues currently facing Delaware’s valuable forestlands.
Best Management Practices
Delaware’s best management practices (BMPs) program is quasi-regulatory. The agencies responsible for BMPs policy development are the Delaware Forest Service, Department(s) of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation//Environmental Protection Agency and other partner agencies.
Click here to view the most recent BMPs recommendations on the state forestry agency website.
Download the program survey results to view implementation rates and the full research findings.