Treat Your Timber Like An Investment
If you’re like most property owners, your land is a major investment. And, like your other investments, it should be managed carefully and intelligently to meet your goals today and to ensure that its value continues to increase over the years.
Understanding and applying good forestry management principles are key to any good land management plan; and that plan should include professional assessment of the character and value of the wooded acreage.
Timber Harvesting Pays Dividends
Aside from the obvious economic returns, Periodic cutting helps ensure that a forest remains healthy and productive. Removing the mature allows the younger trees to grow and thrive in an environment where they face less competition for water and sunlight. As a result, the new growth is often stronger, healthier…and even more valuable at maturity…than anything the old forest produced.
These vigorous new trees are also more capable of resisting the onslaughts of nature and surviving when disaster does strike. One good example is the invasion of the gypsy moth and the emerald ash borer. They are already causing widespread damage in Michigan; and typically, it is only the young, completely sound trees that can survive the year or two of complete defoliation which these voracious killers leave in their wake. The landowner who has managed to provide an environment conductive to new growth will see the return of the forest. Sadly, the timber owner who did not may be left with a stand of leafless…and useless… posts.