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.
To help the landowner with the decision process and to determine the value of the timber, our forester 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 forester 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 sleigh rides. Our forester works closely with landowners to determine the type of cut 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.
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.