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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 regulatory. The agency responsible for BMPs policy development is the Delaware Forest Service.

Click here to view the most recent BMPs recommendations on the state forestry agency website.

Click the following links to view available BMP monitoring data and implementation rates from NASF’s 2015 BMP survey and NASF’s 2019 BMP survey.

Delaware Forestry Publications

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