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Forest Planning & Management
Here at Holli Forest Products, Inc our foresters work with landowners to help them achieve their desired forest. Many landowners have a certain goal in mind for their forest.
Goals include but are not limited to: Long-term forest management; Short-term return on investment; Improved wildlife habitat; Improved recreational opportunities, etc.
Some landowners have no idea what they want done with their property and are looking for professional advice.
Whether you are a goal oriented landowner or just know that something should be done with your property, Holli Forest Products, Inc’s foresters are here to meet with you on your property to provide guidance in what should be done and develop a plan so you can enjoy your property for years and generations to come.
After a forester and landowner have determined the best type of harvest for the landowner’s property, a forester will cruise the land and come up with an estimated timber value. A Timber Sale Contract is then developed with the landowner. Two types of contracts are used, Lump Sum and Scale Sale. A Lump Sum contract is paid up front based on the estimated timber value. A scale sale is paid after the wood is cut and hauled, based on each delivery ticket. Specific maps, cutting areas, legal descriptions, job specific harvest specifications, landowner requirements, and stumpage rates are clearly stated on the contract.
A forester will locate and mark the legal property boundaries. Based on soil types, species of trees, and site specific topography, the most beneficial time of year for harvest is determined.
Logging is done according to Best Management Practices. Our skilled, professional team will harvest your timber in a manner that maximizes your timber value and minimizes the impact to the environment.
Wood is delivered to the mills. All Scale Sale Contract landowners are given copies of each delivery ticket with a statement showing dates, ticket numbers, volume, stumpage rates, and totals. Payments are made as landowner requests. Either weekly, monthly, or at end of job.
Site Prep & Forest Regeneration
The purpose of Site Preparation is to clear away log slash, incorporate organic matter into the soil and reduce the levels of unwanted weeds, which would compete for water, light and nutrients. There are three major methods of site preparation. Prescribed burning, mechanical methods such as chopping, disking and bedding, and chemical herbicide. The methods of site preparation we offer are disk trenching, roller chopping and patch scarifying.
There are three general alternatives for a landowner to accomplish regeneration of a forest that has been mechanically harvested or destroyed by fire or disease. These include : Natural Regeneration, Direct Seeding, and Planting Seedlings.
Natural Regeneration is best achieved when some tree species are left on the land after a harvest to provide seed to regenerate the site. Other species regenerate naturally from sprouting or seeds from cones left onsite.
Direct seeding is when a landowner applies seeds directly to the land. There are recommended steps involved prior to the seed being applied. This method is often used on poor or inaccessible sites or where little initial involvement is possible or desirable.
Planting Seedlings is where small trees (seedlings) that have been grown in a nursery are planted on site. The site has to be prepped before the planting of seedlings can be done.
The survival rate of seedlings is much higher than seed planting. Seedlings initially grow faster and are more effective at keeping out unwanted grasses, herbs and shrubs. Wood yields are generally better and length of rotation is shorter.
Timber Stand Improvement
Timber stand improvement includes activities or treatments that improve the composition, structure, condition, health, and growth of an even-age or uneven-age timber stand.
All forest products can be enhanced through stand improvement. Whether a landowner’s goals are to create more timber value in the future, crops for wildlife, or more vibrant fall colors, all can be accomplished through stand improvement. Stand improvement enhances what already exists.
There are many factors that can adversely affect a forest. As an example, the most limiting factor for tree growth is the lack of sunshine. Stand improvement seeks to improve the growth of desired species by reducing the competition with other, less desirable trees.
Activities may include mechanical treatment of vegetation that competes with desirable trees, removal of diseased or dying trees, or thinning of natural regenerated stands. The desired outcome may affect the value of the stand, the types of trees growing, and an improved healthier forest.
Stand improvement can benefit the forest soil, stabilization of riparian areas, visual aesthetics, wood production, protecting water quality and wetlands, and wildlife habitat.
Wildlife & Habitat Management
There are two different approaches to managing wildlife on private lands. The first approach is to provide a varied habitat in an attempt to support as many different wildlife populations as possible. This is called a species richness approach. Landowners would try to provide a mixture of areas in different plant stages. Large amounts of “edge” interspersed with some unbroken tracts of forests, and forested areas with vertical layering of trees, shrubs, and broadleaf weeds.
The second approach is called the featured species approach. This approach is used to provide habitat for one selected species. A landowner may choose to manage for white-tailed deer exclusively. The key is to identify the precise habitat requirements and select management practices that provide the requirements in shortest supply.
Intangible benefits to habitat management can include the excitement from observing wildlife, the satisfaction of providing desirable habitats and pride in your conservation efforts.