Sample Case Study:

Timber Management

Jack and Dianne are in their late 50s and own 70 acres of woodland on which they live. They would like to supplement their fixed retirement income and offset other expenses through timber harvesting. Their two daughters will inherit the family property.

Both Jack and Dianne want to be responsible land stewards. They have walked their forest and identified a spring and what appears to be an old home site. They want their forest management activities to avoid these two locations and be compatible with personal recreation and soil and water protection.

Long Term Goals
• To leave the forest in better condition than when they purchased the property.
• To have a healthy, productive forest which generates income while protecting water and soil quality.
• To maintain a system of trails and roads, which support the timber harvest and enhances hiking and other outdoor activities.
• To protect the natural spring and cultural resources on their property.

Recommended Management Practices
• Improve the attractiveness of the forest edge surrounding their house by thinning poorly formed trees.
• Perform uneven aged management by removing one-half of the large sawtimber on 50 acres to generate income and improve growth and vigor of future crop trees.
• The remaining 20 acres, minus the determined boundaries around the spring and old home site will be group selected for the second cycle of harvests to promote wildlife patches.
• Improve recreational access and water quality by reseeding logging access roads and skid trails and by improving stream crossings.




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