Foresters develop and implement forest management plans relying on mapped resource inventories showing an area's topographical features as well as its distribution of trees (by species) and other plant cover. Plans also include landowner objectives, roads, culverts, proximity to human habitation, water drainage patterns and soils information. Forest management plans typically include recommended silvicultural treatments and a timetable for their implementation.
Forest management plans include recommendations to achieve the landowner's objectives and desired future condition of the property subject to ecological, financial, logistical (e.g. access to resources), and other constraints. Multiple use of the resources is typically addressed for hunting, wildlife habitat, water quality and soil protection. Plans may focus on producing quality wood products for future sales such as Plylogs and/or Poles.
Management plans include consideration of future conditions of the stand after any recommended thinnings, burns or herbicide treatments. The costs and benefits of reforestation will review natural (seed tree, shelterwood) or artificial (seedling purchase, species, spacing) regeneration after final harvests.
The objectives of landowners vary and our goal is to meet each landowner's request.