For All Forest Units to Receive Silvicultural Treatments

 

Conduct the pre-harvest forest inventory

·        review existing forest management plan, examine topographic map and aerial photos, and consult soil maps for target area

·        identify and mark all property lines and inform abutting landowners

·        conduct timber cruise and compare with forest management plan information

·        map and flag wetlands, buffer areas, and other special natural features requiring special protection

·        determine access, road/trail improvements, and erosion control devices (BMPs)

·        determine season limitations

·        submit notification of intent to cut and any associated notification/permits for stream crossings, access to major roads, etc.

·        mark and tally all tree to be cut

·        initiate any research that is feasible

 

Select the logging contractor

·        speak with the logger about his philosophy about forestry and natural resource management

·        arrange to visit past operation(s) that the contractors has performed and perhaps speak to the landowner as a reference

·        visit jointly the site to be cut and explain on-site the forest prescription and all special management areas

·        determine the type of equipment that will be used on the site and ask if they have temporary bridges

·        ask the contractor for input on placement of landings, haul roads, and major skid trails, as well as improvements and BMPs that may be required

·        request a written bid for the timber (either stumpage, road side, or mill delivered)

·        sign contract with the logging contractor for work to be performed and arrange to hold a deposit from first-time contractors to ensure adequate cleanup.

 

Administer the harvest

·        meet with the logger at least once each week and jointly walk the area that has been treated

·        use the Site Inspection Form to note any practices that may or may not have gone well and take necessary steps to address any problems

·        keep track of all loads shipped and check against scale slips received from the logging contractor

·        monitor weather conditions and close all operations when site conditions result in unacceptable damage to the site

·        walk property with the logging contractor after harvest and agree to cleanup and restoration operations