Forester and woodland owner Barrie Brusila of Mid-Maine Forestry in Warren, ME shares some of her lessons learned in a simple handout entitled "Timber Harvesting Do's and Don'ts."
- work with a licensed forester as your agent, unless you are very knowledgeable about the value of your woodland, market prices, contracts, realistic logging expectations, timber harvesting regulations, etc.
- be clear about your objectives for timber harvesting
- ideally, follow a written forest management plan
- work with a reputable forester and logger
- have well-written contracts with your forester and logger
- if possible, look at other harvests conducted by a potential logger. Go beyond the wood yard, and walk through the woods. Ask yourself, "If this was my woodlot, would I be satisfied?"
- make sure your boundary lines are well-marked
- remember that the skill/attitude of the logger, and season of harvest are more important than the size/type of equipment used
- work with a logger who is skilled at both business practices and on-the-job logging
- have timber harvested without a written contract
- have a poorly written contract
- choose a logger simply because he is a relative or friend
- be lured by what seems to be very high stumpage prices
- assume that smaller equipment = a better job
- expect both extraordinarily high payments and an extremely meticulous job
- believe a logger who makes a point of telling you that you don't need a forester
- be lured by generic solicitations/form letters from loggers
If you have questions about these "Timber Harvesting Do's and Don'ts," you can reach Barrie at (207)273-4046 or firstname.lastname@example.org.