Forestry Assistance Program

The Forestry Assistance Program (FAP) is designed to provide an initial professional contact with landowners who are interested in actively managing their forested property. Your FAP District Forester (Ben Savoie) helps citizens understand, plan, manage, protect, and utilize their forest resources through various avenues of information, education, and outreach. All services are at no cost to the landowner and provide an excellent initial contact between professionals and landowners. We aim to promote forest resource stewardship on private lands in local communities by introducing landowners to forest management and setting them up to achieve their management goals. Landowners in Allegan County place great importance in their landownership. To better assist landowners with management of their forest resources, Shawn Kelly is available to meet with landowners at no cost.

Guidance topics include advice concerning:

◾ General forest management
◾ Timber harvesting
◾ Improving/creating wildlife habitat and food plots
◾ Tree and shrub planting
◾ Forest health/disease
◾ Cost share programs
◾ Forest Ecology

Contact Ben Savoie, District Forester, through the form below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do resource professional services cost?
Because costs can vary by location, type of project, services requested, and many other factors, it is difficult to estimate how much services cost until the professional has a better idea of what exactly is required in the project.


How does a landowner decide which resource professional to use?
It is up to the landowner to determine which resource professional they would like to use after speaking with each of them. We encourage landowners to contact all resource professionals on their list to determine which professional can best help meet management at a competitive price.



What if a landowner decides they don’t want to hire a resource professional after they have been through the process and received their list?
There is no cost for any of the services provided by the conservation district (initial consultation, creation of landowner profile, informational help, compilation of interested resource professionals list, etc.) and there is no obligation for a landowner to hire a resource professional, even if they have already received their list.



Does a landowner have to worry about unwanted solicitations from resource professionals?
Resource professionals do not have access to landowner contact information, so unless the landowner contacts a resource professional and provides them with their contact information, professionals have no way of reaching a landowner.



Ready to get started?

For questions, more information, or to get started with your land management project, contact the Conservation District Forester Ben Savoie at or (269) 908-4134 today!

Forestry Contact