We offer a variety of services that are essential to achieving land management objectives from timber growth to wildlife management and aesthetics. Many of the tools we use in forestry such as prescribed fire and timber harvests are rapid changes to the landscape. The result of how these are applied can be seen for years and they happen quickly; over a day or week. It is important they be applied in an appropriate manner, particularly timber harvest since it is permanant. A poorly executed fire can result in permanent, undesireable changes, too.
From selling timber to the actual harvest, logging is not only an important activity for forest management, it is also an important revenue stream that is generated from your timber land. We can handle all aspects of a timber sale from marketing your timber to numerous wood buyers, to overseeing the actual harvest. Having a registered forester ensures you are getting a combination of highest price for your timber, a suitable logging crew, and that logging is performed in an acceptable manner that represents your interest.
Prescribed fire is a valuable tool in forest and wildlife management. We use fire to achieve specific objectives including fuel and hazard reduction, pre-planting site preparation, competition control from hardwoods and small pines, and wildlife habitat improvement. We have experience burning in:
Timber valuation is the establishment values of various forest products on your property. A valuation can be established as part of a management plan, appraisal for the purchase and selling of property, a timber sale, or property inheritance. One of the most overlooked tax activities is establishing a timber basis when inherting or buying timber land. If this is not done, full capital gains tax will likely be paid on timber that is harvested once you inherit land. Establishing a timber basis with volumes and values of the various timber products is a necessity for newly acquired property.
A timber harvest is one of the most rapid changes you can make on your property. Many management goals require a harvest to achieve the proper tree density, spacing, and species composition. Selecting the appropriate trees to harvest is an extremely important management decision and crucial to achieving your management objectives. No two properties will be marked the same way because no two properties are the same nor have the same goals. We can mark a timber stand to shape its composition of tree density, species, and diamters in order to accomplish your management objective(s).
Reforestation can occur in an old field or pasture, recently harvested timber stand, or timberland that was harvested years prior. When reforesting it is important to select the right species based on your objectives and soil conditions. We can supervise all aspects of a reforestation project: site preparation and burning, contractor recommendations and supervision of herbicide spraying, planting and seedling survival counts. We offer a turn-key solution to reforesting a tract of any size.
A southern pine beetle infestations can be catastrophic and rapid identification is essential to preventing further economic loss and habitat damage to your pine trees. Identifying the extent of the infestation, monitoring the progression of the infestation, and treatment of an infestation are all crucial activities to preventing further damage. We have the ability to perform all of these. A unique service we can perform is daily or weekly monitoring an infestation from above with a small unmanned aircraft. Symptoms first show up at the top of a tree and that is where we can view your timber. Ground based monitoring can not reliably reveal the full extent of a pine beetle infestation since needles change color at the top of a tree. Any ground-based observation will be behind the actual infestation. Not only is our monitoring daily or weekly as needed, it can be performed at much lower cost than a traditional manned aircraft.