TYPES OF TIMBER HARVESTS
At Maine Custom Woodlands we understand that for some landowners harvesting timber for the first time can be a scary proposition. With that in mind, we strive to educate and work to eliminate surprises. Landowners who work with us know that their harvest will be a responsible one that will meet their individual goals for the best return on their investment. Based on the goals and objectives of the landowner, coupled with the characteristics of the woodlot, our forester will determine the type of cut that best suits the situation. Environmentally-responsible harvests foster biodiversity.
If the property has not been managed professionally, an improvement thinning will most likely be the prescribed cut. Choice trees and species are cut in order to improve the overall health of the forest.
The removal of older trees in a series of harvests in order to create the regeneration of a less tolerant species. One that would benefit from a “shelter” for protection. This type of cut can attract wildlife but is not recommended for trees with smaller root systems. Once nearby trees are harvested the risk of blow downs becomes greater.
In the past landowners would choose a selective cut strictly to generate income. The trees harvested were of superior quality. Unfortunately, this left the poor quality trees behind and the forest in an unhealthy state. Today’s selective cuts are geared towards managing the species and improving the overall health of the forest by removing a good proportion of healthy trees as well as misshapen and unhealthy trees.
Seed Tree Harvest
Choice trees are selected and left uncut to provide seeds for regeneration of a desired forest stand.
Clear Cut Harvest
The term “clear cut” has gotten a bad reputation over the years. This type of cut is an effective tool for controlling disease or eliminating insect infestation of a species. Think about it–every shopping mall, ball park or development was once a clear cut.
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