MAEAP Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat*A*Syst

Landowners, are you interested in adopting better practices to protect your forest, wetland, or other habitat?  The Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat*A*Syst (FWH*A*Syst) is part of the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) and provides a way for you, the landowner, to examine and improve your current management practices in order to minimize negative impacts to the land and the water.  By getting your property MAEAP verified through the FWH*A*Syst, you are playing a positive role in the protection and sustainable management of our natural resources.

There are several steps involved to get your forest, wetland, or other habitat MAEAP verified through the FWH*A*Syst:

  1. Have a management plan written by a professional in the field of natural resources. This professional can be a forester, ecologist, or other natural resources professional.
  2. Meet with a Conservation District Forester and/or a MAEAP technician to complete the FWH*A*Syst risk assessment. The questions from the risk assessment are used to determine which of your practices need to be improved to minimize environmental impacts. A plan of action must be developed for any practices that need to be improved.
  3. Fulfill the MAEAP Phase 1 education requirement by attending a Phase 1 educational session or by viewing online Phase 1 media.
  4. Once you have fulfilled the education requirement and have developed a plan of action to improve practices that do not meet the MAEAP standards, you may contact an official MAEAP verifier to you have your forest, wetland, or other habitat verified through the MAEAP FWH*A*Syst.
  5. Upon successful verification, you will receive a sign that you can proudly post on your property!

Michigan’s American Tree Farm System (ATFS)

Landowners, are you interested in adopting better practices in order to practice sustainable forestry? The Michigan American Tree Farm System (ATFS) provides a way for you, the landowner, to examine and improve your current management practices in order examine and improve your forest management practices. By getting your forested property certified in ATFS, you are playing a positive role in the protection and sustainable management of our natural resources. Furthermore, any wood products that are extracted from your property are considered certified as originating from a forest that is being managed using sustainable practices per the requirements of ATFS.

There are several steps involved to get your forest certified through ATFS:

  1. You must own 10 to 10,000 acres of forest.
  2. Get a written forest management plan that addresses the ATFS Standards of Sustainability.
  3. Request a property inspection with an ATFS certified inspector. Josh Shields is a ATFS certified inspector.
  4. ATFS certified inspector visits your property to match your forest management plan and activities to the ATFS Standards of Sustainability.
  5. If approved, you will receive an ATFS certification sign that you can post on your property!

Helpful Downloads and Links (PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE LINKS WILL TAKE YOU TO THE MANISTEE CONSERVATION DISTRICT FORESTRY WEBSITE):

CLICK HERE for updates about presentations, training sessions, and important news relevant to forestry.

Landowners – CLICK HERE for a list of foresters.

Foresters – CLICK HERE for information about parcels owned by landowners who wish to hire a forester.

CLICK HERE for a list of forestry programs and other organizations.

CLICK HERE for links to forestry educational tools.

Please visit the Manistee Conservation District website for other website links and updates.

Contact Josh Shields:

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Office Phone: 231-757-3707 (Mason-Lake) or 231-889-9666 (Manistee)

Mobile Phone: 989-220-9236