Good forest management can increase the value of your woodlands and improve access for different types of recreation. In many cases wise management can also provide periodic income, by way of timber sales, while at the same time increasing the long term value of your forest. The careful consideration of which trees to retain, and those to harvest, is very important. Making decisions solely for short term monetary gain can greatly diminish the value of your woods and take decades to reverse. Contact Russell Williams Forestry LLC to discuss your woodland situation.
The forestry services I provide...pay for themselves, by helping you make decisions that speed up the rate your woods grow in value. Trees that are of poor health, poor form, or low value species, will never develop high value. Trees that have good health, good form, and are high value species, will experience large increases in value as they grow larger. Making decisions today with an eye on future value is the key. Harvesting the poor trees first, as much as you can that fits in with your management goals, makes more sunshine, water, and soil nutrients, available to make the best trees grow faster. Your wealth grows faster. Make harvest decisions thoughtfully. I'm a Forester who works for private landowners, I'm a consultant, my job is to put your interest first.
Follow these steps
- Work to figure out what your goals and objectives are for your forest.
- Conduct an inventory to see what you have to work with in your forest.
- Refine your goals and objectives to fit what the inventory shows.
- Decide what to do, actions to take in the forest to get you on your way to meeting your refined goals and objectives.
- Work up a project plan showing as many details as possible.
- Find the services you need to carry out the project.
- Check the results of the project to see if it matches the desired results.
- Make adjustments to your plan if required to attain your goals and objectives.
- Keep going.
Sounds like a lot. It is. Russell Williams Forestry LLC wants to work for you.
What's a Forest Management Plan?
Put briefly, this is a document that states what you want your woodland to do for you, and ways to accomplish it. Like inventories, plans can vary in intensity. Some plans fit easily on a single sheet of paper, others take many pages, it depends on the purpose. Most plans will include a map of some detail. Some plans qualify for a reduction of taxes on your woodlands. A quality plan takes a fair amount of time to put together.
Environmental Quality Incentive Program Forest Management Plan Writer
Program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. This program is a great opportunity for a landowner, and offers reimbursement for costs. Opening your property to public use is not required.
American Tree Farm System Plan Writer
Program administered by American Forest Foundation. Obtaining a Tree Farm forest management plan, and observing the sustainable standards of this program, means your forest carries a sustainable certification. A reputable certification can make your trees worth more in a competitive market.
Forest Stewardship Program Plan Writer
Program administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. This program currently offers cost share funds to help in obtaining a forest management plan. Opening your property to public use is not required.
Qualified Forest Plan Writer
Program administered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. This program currently offers the benefit of reducing the tax burden of your forested land. You must have 20 or more contiguous acres, at least 80% forested, and there is a also a minimum productivity standard. Opening your property to public use is not required.