Managing Timber Resources
The outcomes associated with unchecked timber harvesting operations pose a great threat to forest management and sustainability. Without the right knowledge and expertise, forest landowners, producers and companies can adversely affect the well-being, health and productivity of forestland for future cycles. It is, therefore, essential to identify and adhere to Best Management Practices (BMPs) before, during and after timber harvesting operations.
In addition, following a consistent and well thought out timber management plan can increase the value of your timberlands and at the same time provide you the landowner with revenue to implement your management strategies.
Timber Harvesting BMPs
All parties involved in a timber harvest operations should be aware of the BMPs and strictly follow them from start to finish. Landowners should have reasonable demands from contractors to maximize revenue and minimize risk. Similarly, harvesting companies should adhere to the BMPs stipulated in the contract to ensure forest wellbeing and protection.
- Road access to forest should be made available and existing roads should be reshaped or stabilized in order to prevent erosion.
- Water resources should be protected by having buffers or streamside management zones along streams and other sensitive areas.
- Equipment and logging debris should not be in a close proximity of stream channels.
- Harvest operations should be halted when the tract is too wet as it can cause rutting, impact water quality and slow down operations.
- All efforts should be undertaken to avoid streams and minimize stream crossings. When it is not possible to avoid a stream, make sure to install the correct size culvert or bridging material.
- Debris from the harvest site should be dealt with properly. Hazardous materials such as tires, hydraulic fluid containers, seedling bags, and any other debris should not be left at the site.
- Chemicals, herbicides, and fertilizers should be kept away from the waterways.
- Landowners and foresters should make it known to the logging crew that erosion control is a priority. Joint meetings with the logging crew can help achieve this.
Best Management Practices for Timber Harvesting
Having worked in the timber industry for over 25 years, Dendro Resource Management Inc. is well versed with all the Best Management Practices of timber harvesting. We are also up to date with all the rules and regulations of streamside management zones and state best management practices. We can devise a customized timber harvest plan for individual sites by studying the topographic maps, physical inspections, timber valuation, mapping and planning. Our experts take into account all the risks associated with harvesting, including forest roads, landings, skidding, stream crossings, water management, hazardous materials and adverse weather.
By following these BMPs and investing in establishing these best practices, foresters, producers and companies can save huge amounts of money which would otherwise be spent on repairs due to lack of BMPs.
Forest Management Services
If you are looking for a reputed forestry audit company to undertake an audit of adherence to BMP’s by the producer, forester or company, Dendro Resource Management Inc. is your answer in providing exceptional forest management services that will maintain the integrity of the forest.
Get in touch with us today and one of our audit experts will be there to assist you for all your forest resource management needs!