Your woods are constantly changing. Seasons come and go, trees grow and die, weather and timber markets vary, and natural disasters or invasive species can take their toll. And just as your Tree Farm changes, you and your family do too: a major life event, such as a birth, death or illness, can alter your relationship with your woods.
So as winter nears and the year winds down, take time to reflect on what’s happened this year, how your woods were affected, and what you may choose to do differently in the future. This review of your plans and goals doesn’t have to be daunting or difficult. It can mean adding just a few handwritten notes to your plan, and it can start with a simple walk in your woods.
The American Tree Farm System has developed an array of online tools to help our Tree Farmers find the information that you need to do an annual review of your management plan. We will go over some steps you can do to review your plan and how to use our online tools.
Review your Management Plan in the New Year webinar was held on January 11, 2012. The presentation slides are available. Watch the webinar below.
Michael J. “Mike” Burns has been the American Tree Farm System’s Program Resource Manager since June 2011. His main area of responsibility is the implementation of pilot programs to increase professionalism of services, build capacity for outreach and education, and create financial stability within four distinctive test programs. The information gleaned from these programs, of which South Carolina represents the Southern Region and a state forestry association partnership, will be available for replication by the other 40 State Committees.
Prior to joining AFF, Mike was the Deputy Director of the Empire State Forest Products Association (a state forestry association), had previously worked as an independent consulting forester, hardwood sawmill procurement forester, and started his career with the USDA Forest Service doing Forest Inventory and Analysis. He has extensive knowledge of the American Tree Farm System, specifically the challenges and rewards of being involved in State Leadership, having served on the Board for New York Tree Farm from 1997 to 2011 including being selected as Chair from 2000 to 2008. He is both a Tree Farm Inspecting Forester and a Training Facilitator and has been since 1999. He is currently searching for 2 more Tree Farms to certify in order to qualify for his Bronze Hard Hat Award.
Mike earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Resource Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, an Associates Degree in Forest Technology from SUNY ESF Ranger School, and an Associate in Business Administration from Jamestown Community College.
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