Forestry is managing your forest for multiple values.
Forestry is the art and science of planning and managing woodlands.
The Science: understanding how trees and forests grow. The Art: designing actions, or treatments, using creativity.
Forestry is more than just cutting timber.
Forestry, at its best, is ecologically sustainable and acts to improve woodlands with every treatment.
Forestry practices should plan for the present and the future.
Forestry practices can accomplish many goals such as increasing wildlife habitat, increasing forest health, increasing species diversity, decreasing fire risks, making money, improving aesthetics...... and much more.
Forestry is creating wildlife habitat.
By keeping snags (standing dead trees) for perch sites, food, and nesting.
By leaving large down trees for grouse to drum on and to decompose, which also adds carbon and nutrients to the soil thus making the forest healthier.
By planting fruit or nut trees, and shrubs, as a food source for a great variety of animals.
By increasing structural diversity through providing large-tree areas, and small-shrub areas, which then increases the diversity of the wildlife that utilize your forest.
Forestry is wisely using harvests.
To mimic nature where possible to maintain forest health.
To provide income.
To remove hazardous trees, and poorly formed trees, thus improving the future potential of your forest.
To improve woodland health to better cope with invasive species and disease pressures.
To decrease fire and environmental risks.
To salvage timber after insect, disease, or weather events.
To grow selected trees faster and stronger through natural regeneration and artificially through planting.
Forestry is managing for the production of non-timber products.
Such as edible mushrooms like: Shitake / Oyster / Chicken of the woods.
Such as hazel nuts, chestnuts, walnuts, hickory nuts.
Such as serviceberry, elder berry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, gooseberry, currants, choke cherry.
Such as Ginseng.
Such as fire wood through thinning cuts.
Why Do I Need a Forester?
To improve your woods.
Grow better timber. Enhance wildlife habitat. Properly plan trails, harvests, and forest health . Diversify species.
To protect your woods.
From short sighted logging known as high-grading. Insects and disease. Fire/ice/wind/climate damage.
To help you accomplish your goals.
Maximize profit. View more wildlife. Hunt more productively. Create a more appealing woods.