Presentation on theme: "Getting Started with Woodland Management"— Presentation transcript:
1 Getting Started with Woodland Management Indiana Tree FarmGetting Started with Woodland Management
2 Start by asking yourself some questions What do we have?Family farm, sole ownership, LFP, LLC, etc.Smaller woodlot scale limitationLarger tract with older timber Often invites interest from timber buyersSignificant terrain features that present limitationsSurrounded by developmentUse restricted by local land regulations
3 Where do our priorities lie? Mostly for investmentIs timber production my main objective? How important is wildlife viewing, habitat improvement, hiking, mushroom hunting, game hunting, and other forms of outdoor recreation?Will it be inherited? Condition upon its passageAre we looking to buy forest land?Non-resident owner Difficult to find time?Do we want to manage our woodland to its full potential?
4 Do we have the time and knowledge? - We have been doing our own research- Information is coming from many directions- It seems that time comes at a premium-now more than ever- We want to be good land stewards- Due to time and knowledge constraints, we feel it may be prudent to use a forester to assist us
5 Are we prepared to follow a forester’s recommendations? Recommendations will be grounded on your objectives and prioritiesThe forester will offer different alternatives and point you toward valuable resourcesYou can always meet with 2 or three foresters to find one who matches your expectations
6 You decide to use a forester Where do we go from hereHere are 5 steps to follow
7 Step 1 Meet the forester on your property Try to have stakeholders presentShare your objectives and thoughts while viewing your landBring your documents (have extra copies of important items to give the forester)Take notesHave a list of questions in advanceNormally this initial visit can be done in less than 2 or 3 hours.
8 Step 2 Map and define your property Have the forester prepare up-to-date topographic and aerial maps of your propertyYou can help in this processHandheld GPS unitsMark your boundaries. Confer with your neighbor if necessary
9 Step 3 Have the forester prepare a Woodland Stewardship Plan Preferably one that includes an inventoryThe plan will address numerous attributes of the property.This will include: Objectives, soils & topography, maps, forestcover types, stand data, recommendations, cutting history, matters related to waterresources, wildlife and its habitat, sensitive areas & species of special concern,invasive plants, and archeological sites
10 Step 3 Continued Have the Forester Develop a Plan Your objectives are a crucial part of the PlanThe Stewardship Plan will identify the various management unitsThese management units will come with suggested recommendations for practices and a suggested timeline to implement themNormally comprehensive of landscapeThe plan must be flexible; it can be easily reworded
11 Step 4 Implement the Stewardship Plan. Certain tasks may need your attention firstExamples could include: invasive plant specie control, pre-harvest grape vine eradication, improving access, a harvest to salvage damaged timber, tree planting, and erosion controlDo what you can Don’t get overwhelmedCan take yearsNote that Certified tracts in CF and TF must follow guidelines and performance measuresExamples are: local regs, BMPs, and herbicide usageSound investment
12 Step 5 Keep moving forward and adapt Modify the Plan as events ariseContinue to seek knowledgeAll along the way, involve the other family members or stakeholders. Be thinking about inter-generational transferVisit the property in different seasonsConsider joining an organization such as Tree Farm, Indiana Forestry & Woodland Owners Assoc. (IFWOA), or enrolling in Classified Forest & Wildlands
13 The rest of the story….Take satisfaction in knowing that the management and stewardship you are embarking upon will benefit all of society…..The 4 pillars of the Tree Farm system:Wood Water Recreation and Wildlife
14 Resources Field guide…….101 Trees of Indiana On the web….. Inwoodlands.org (a great site for past articles and links to other forestry sites)Purdue University Forestry and Natural ResourcesIDNR Division of Forestry CallB4UCUT Demonstration ForestsNRCS (Indiana)WoodwebDNR sites for Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and MichiganMy