Licensed Professional Forester Involvement
Tin Mountain Conservation Center (TMCC) recognizes the importance of qualified and proven forestry expertise in the stewardship of its forest lands. Therefore, it is the policy of the organization to have all of its forest management plans, timber harvest plans, and timber harvest operations developed and administered by New Hampshire licensed professional foresters.
Logging Contractors and Equipment
All logging contractors will be fully insured with demonstrable experienced and references. Preferences will be given to local contractors that have successfully passed a certified logging professional course or are Master Loggers who will employ equipment that has a low impact on soils and forest stand structure.
Marketing of Timber
In selling stumpage to a contractor or marketing timber directly to or through a designated agent representing Tin Mountain Conservation Center, it will be the policy to seek and sell to local markets whenever possible. All timber sold from TMCC will be to markets that will make the highest use of the material.
Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Forestry
All timber harvesting and associated activities, from planning through execution, will incorporate the New Hampshire BMPs recommended for forestry operations.
It is the policy of TMCC to employ uneven-age silvicultural systems that emulate forest stand conditions similar to those of the natural forests of the region. Management will center on the residual trees and resulting forest stand conditions rather than the timber harvested. Most silvicultural prescriptions will be thinnings, single-tree selections, small group selections, and for very specific ecological purposes, patch cuts no larger than one acre in size. No clearcutting or herbicide use will be permitted on lands owned and managed by TMCC.
Threatened and Endangered Species
When threatened and endangered species are encountered on TMCC lands, specific stewardship plans will be developed that provided for adequate buffers and use limitations necessary to protect and enhance populations of these species.