BENEFITS OF TIMBER HARVESTING
At Maine Custom Woodlands, we strive to educate and work with landowners throughout the timber harvesting process. Landowners who work with us know that the harvest will be closely monitored to meet their goals, such as wildlife habitat, aesthetics, or income. Based on the goals of the landowner and characteristics of the woodlot, the foresters will determine the type or harvest that best suits the woodlot.
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that holds true for your forest stand and landscape as well. What may be beautiful to one landowner may not be to another. Some of our clients like a “park-like” look where others may enjoy a more natural look with lots of undergrowth. Parts of the terrain may open up nicely to create a beautiful view that may not have been there before. At Maine Custom Woodlands we work hard to understand and meet your personal aesthetic goals.
The “edge” is where the forest meets the open land. In some cases that may border a field or the landowner’s back yard. This is where wildlife flourishes. For birdwatchers, creating more “edge” can attract more songbirds.
A snag is a dead or dying tree that can be home to many animals and insects. Our crew understands the importance of this valuable habitat.
Deer wintering areas are places where deer find shelter from the harsh winters. Species such as fir, spruce, cedar, and hemlock provide protection for deer.
To help the landowner with the decision process and to determine the value of the timber, our foresters will conduct a timber cruise. There are several variables that go into the value of timber, such as landowner objectives, road construction, size of the lot, wet areas, tree species, fuel prices along with the distance to the mills, products and markets. With the knowledge of what is happening in the industry, our foresters can give a reasonably accurate estimate of the per-acre value of the timber.
There are many ways to enjoy the forest. Clearing trails for hiking, picnicking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing or horseback riding. Our foresters work closely with landowners to determine the type of harvest that best suits their goals. Hunting is a favorite here in the state of Maine, and there are harvest prescriptions that will attract more wildlife to your property.