"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." —Greek Proverb
Think of your forest as a garden—you want it healthy and full of vigorous growth. In the same way you would water and weed a garden, a forest can be sculpted to your goals and desires. Forest Management is a way to take care of your forest to achieve specific objectives.
Common Landowner Objectives:
Source of income from selling timber, wildlife habitation, gaming/hunting, recreational activities, exercise, inheritance, personal satisfaction, etc.
We do our best to help landowners get the most use out of their land. That means discussing and accommodating landowner needs as well as harvesting timber in a way that promotes sustainable growth and lasting forests.
The gardeners of forests are called Foresters, and consulting one is generally a necessity to get the most benefit from your land. Ours grew up next to the forest and spend most of their lives walking through Indiana woods. This genuine passion developed into a B.S. in Forestry from Purdue University and over 20 years of experience in the business.
Our method of logging is geared towards promoting new growth of trees. Using single tree selection, group selection, or a combination of both, we cut areas of low-grade trees to thin overcrowded stands. This encourages faster tree growth of high-grade trees, such as oak, which would otherwise be unable to grow. We also create openings by taking out dead trees, clearing space for new, vigorous growth.
After a timber harvest, the skidder roads can be turned into hiking trails through your property. Cleared spots are actually very healthy for the forest and can become grazing sites for wildlife. Any unwanted openings can be utilized for future timber harvests, these sites will be seeded and become filled with tall saplings within 2-5 years. It's all up to you!