Forest management begins with an initial assessment to determine the owner(s) goals / needs and includes some of the following discussion points:
Nature of the ownership (corporate, limited liability partnership, etc.)
Goals for the property
Planned length of property ownership
Desired level of management regimes
Wildlife and recreational considerations
Aesthetic, historic and other considerations
Next steps will include Inventory Evaluation, ROI Improvement, and Forest Maintenance Recommendations.
Inventory Evaluation for a Forest Management Plan
Species composition (pine, oak, poplar, etc.)
Origin of stands (planted, natural regeneration, aerial seeded, etc.)
Age-class distribution and stocking levels
Acres in each timber type
Product volumes (pulpwood, chip-n-saw, sawtimber, poles, etc.)
Recommendations to improve Return on Investment
Forest management plan schedules include: Harvest, Thinning, Silvicultural, and Compartment maps.
Potential new cash-flows
Soil stabilization and soil erosion control
Exit strategies for liquidation or development of portions of holdings
Boundary line designation and maintenance
Supervision of firebreak construction and maintenance.
Prescribed burning program.
Establishment of a herbicide program.
Establishment of an insect control program.
Coordinate and supervise road construction/maintenance.
Timberland fertilization program.
Implement and manage hunting leases.