Your Forest May Need a Little Help

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Your Forest May Need a Little Helpforest


Landowners ask, why should I manage the forest on my property, the forest was here before I owned it and will be here after I am gone.  That is true, but here are a few reasons why Forest land needs to be managed. 

Nature manages its forest at a slow rate, so in order to improve wildlife habitat, protect watershed, improve recreational value or yield maximum timber production, it needs to be helped along.  Foresters guide the growth by cutting established trees and allowing new ones to grow in their place. 

There are two ways to cut forest land, harvesting and intermediate cutting.  Harvesting cuts mature trees to increase sunlight and allows room for the regeneration of new trees.  This form of cutting is beneficial because it exposes mineral soil that trees need to establish their roots when the felled logs are dragged out of the woods.

Wildlife also flourishes because of harvest cutting.  The small woody plants that grow in place of the mature trees provide a food source for animals, such as deer, rabbits and grouse. Harvesting also creates income that can be used to plant new trees or develop the land to meet the landowners needs. 

forestThe second is intermediate cutting. Intermediate cuttings include thinning, improvement cuts and salvage cuts among others.  These cuttings usually happen on young trees that may have been damaged by weather, disease, insects or overcrowding.

Intermediate cutting helps improve the remaining trees’ growth and the pieces left behind from the harvest provides food and shelter for wildlife.

To get more information on forest management contact, Woodland Management Services at 715-204-9663. 

WMS has offered 20 years of professional experience in government, industrial and private forest management.  With offices located in Stevens Point, Cadott and Almond, their services include timber appraisal, sale administration and marking, forest inventory and protection, land surveying, asset determination and insurance adjustments among other things.  They have served throughout the United States.





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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Thanks Bob - not only for your post but also for caring about our natural resources.

Sep 09, 2013 03:32 AM #9
Jay & Michelle Lieberman
Keller Williams World Class - Agoura Hills, CA
Creating Calm in the Buying and Selling Chaos

Really interesting Bob.  Did not realize most of it.

Sep 09, 2013 03:43 AM #10
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Bob -- hopefully they will be able to do some "salvage logging" in a couple of the areas hit by major forest fires this year - so there is better ecology sooner in those areas.

Sep 09, 2013 03:49 AM #11
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Too bad more people don't understand that a forest or any wild area requires maintenance, whther it is by us or by fire/storm/disease it will get thinned out.

Sep 09, 2013 04:16 AM #13
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hi Bob-beautiful photos and nice writing. Very important to manage these resources well.

Sep 09, 2013 05:17 AM #14
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

My land got some help from our local DNR.  They gave me a plan that I didn't think would work very well and I was very suprised.

Sep 09, 2013 07:22 AM #15
Erin Bates
CMG Financial and Expansion Marketing Services - Aurora, CO

This is a very useful post. To be honest - I have always been of the belief that you should let nature do it's job in the time frame it deems best - BUT in this day and age, our impact on nature, like you said, is moving too fast for nature to keep up. It is important that you shared this so folks who are lucky enough to have forest on their land can care for it properly. 

Sep 09, 2013 09:50 AM #16
Elise Harron
Dirt Road Real Estate - Kingman, AZ
Rural Vacant Land and Development Specialist


Thanks again for some fabulous information.  I trimmed the trees nearest to my home so that I could visually see any critters too close ot the house... but the result was that my trees JUMPED 12" in height in one year, that was a LOT of growth for my very slow growing Junipers.  I also cleared a bunch of the dead branches within the tree so that it was easier to get up and into the tree.  That may have helped the health of the trees as well.  I really wasn't sure if I was helping or harming the trees - but they sure seemed to LIKE it!  I wish I had some of your years of knowledge - thanks for sharing again and again!

Sep 09, 2013 11:49 AM #17
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Bob, You certainly know your business and would be the one to call for analyzing a forest and trees.

Sep 09, 2013 12:31 PM #18
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

We could be doing more of this out here to control the fires that seem to hit every summer, mostly from lightning but at times a careless person causes major damage.

Sep 09, 2013 12:36 PM #19
Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~
Coach House Realty - Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green

Almost anything is better than clear cutting.  The logging industry apparently tried that decades ago, and if I remember history correctly, it supposedly caused the Johnstown Flood.

Sep 09, 2013 12:48 PM #20
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

It's like cutting our hair . . . we have got to do that or look shaggy, unkept, etc.  The forest, or our personal front yards, need to be groomed too!

Sep 09, 2013 01:07 PM #21
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Thanks for a bit more insight into what you do. Great explanation and reasons why forest management is so important. Have a great night, Bob.

Sep 09, 2013 01:33 PM #22
Rosie Moore
Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City - Sugar Land, TX

Very informative post! I absolutely love the photographs!

Sep 09, 2013 01:36 PM #23
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
Bob, of course what you say makes sense, but I guess I wouldn't have considered cutting down mature trees, however my point of view is from a home owner and not a large land owner.
Sep 09, 2013 01:58 PM #24
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Thank you for sharing this very informative blog Bob.  Even though I live in a valley of the Blue Mountains in Pennsylvania, and never gave much thought to harvest cuttings providing a better light for plantings to grow in order to sustain wildlife.

Sep 09, 2013 02:03 PM #25
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Bob, thanks for the education on Your Forest May Need a Little Help. 

Sep 09, 2013 03:58 PM #26
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Removing the over story, so the little guys can have space, sunshine and spring into action, grow faster. Means woodlots are tree farming. To many garden radishes in a clump and they all do poorly, are crowded and can't breath like wall to wall people in an urban area. Weed them out, space helps us all. Trees need elbow room, know the meaning of the word patience.

Sep 09, 2013 08:07 PM #27
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

WOW! I did not realize that property owners in your region had to do forest management! I can understand about clearing the brush out so that fires don't have any "fodder" to blaze on. However, I did not know you also had to fell trees....seems such a shame to have to cut any of them down. I am a tree hugger!

Sep 11, 2013 10:07 AM #28
Sara Wagner
The Woodland Companies - Adams, WI
Stevens Point Rentals

Hi Bob, I am enjoying going through some of your early blog posts and reposts and getting ready to start doing some posts myself soon.

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