In Phase I, landowners will be identified to participate in this program based on responses to an application. Approved landowner participants will then work with a technical team of consultants comprised of environmental, economic, and marketing consultants with special knowledge of forest-based business to develop a focused Forest Viability Enhancement Plan. A participant’s Forest Viability Enhancement Plan will suggest ways for the forest landowner to increase the economic return from the forest-based business through ecologically sustainable methods such as more efficient production of specialty products, niche marketing, direct marketing, value-added initiatives, eco-tourism, and improved management practices. Completed Forest Viability Enhancement Plans will be submitted to DCR for approval.
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