As a commercial logger, he appreciates the need to have a sound management plan for his own property. Mr. Suchovsky’s overall goals include managing the land for sustainable forestry and farming, providing habitat for a variety of songbirds, and protecting riparian and ecological features on the property. Warren worked with Rexx Janowiak, a consulting forester from Green Timber Consulting Foresters, Inc., to prepare a 20-year management plan to satisfy the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) requirements in Michigan.
Climate Change Impacts
After considering the menu of adaptation strategies and approaches from the Adaptation Workbook, Rexx generated several possible adaptation actions for each major forest type on Mr. Suchovsky’s property, ranging from conservative to more aggressive and proactive. Rexx then worked with Warren to select a variety of adaptation actions that suited his management goals and appetite for risk. These recommendations are outlined in the NRCS Management Plan (available below).
One of the first areas Rexx recommended addressing was a lowland conifer stand. Rexx and Warren developed management recommendations for these stands to help them stay healthy, while encouraging a diversity of species and age classes and favoring a few species that might fare better under future conditions. Here’s what Warren recently did:
5.3. Retain biological legacies.