Wild Land Management Services John Muir Trust
Management planning
A plan is essential to ensure your wild land management has a solid foundation

Drawing up a management plan is an important part of managing land effectively. A plan should help you articulate your aims and objectives and tie them to key actions. It should also provide a benchmark by which you can measure performance and outcomes.

Developing a plan enables you to engage with stakeholders, drawing on their input and ensuring they understand what you are trying to achieve and how you’re going to achieve it. It should also serve as a reference point for everyone working on the land, pulling them together under one wild land management vision.

Standards 1-4 relate to management planning

ETHOS
A management plan is essential
APPROACH
Develop SMART actions

John Muir Trust planning

“We’ve drawn up management plans for all John Muir Trust properties and have found them invaluable. It usually takes us between six to nine months to complete an audit and draw up a plan from that.

Our land managers lead the process, which involves myself, other employees and stakeholders. It’s vital to listen to feedback from neighbours and local people and use it to guide the development of your plan.”

Mike Daniels, Head of Land Management, John Muir Trust

Setting clear goals

When drawing up a management plan you need to be clear on what your objectives are and who is going to do what. It’s also vital to know what you have first – starting from the geology, soils and working your way upwards. Once you’re clear on what you have and what you want to do, the next step is to set up a system of monitoring that will let you see how you are getting on.