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Forest Health - Call Before You Cut: Program Encourages Woodland Owners to Seek Assistance Before Harvesting

Many landowners have little knowledge about timber harvesting. As a result, they risk making uninformed decisions that can lead to negative impacts on forest resources and unintended financial consequences. Landowners may accept the first offer for a harvest without having an estimate of their woodlands’ potential value. They may also unintentionally allow “high-grading,” which removes high quality trees and leaves only poorer quality trees. Research has shown that active management enhances the resource value. A program was needed to encourage woodland owners to consult a professional forester, in conjunction with a professional timber harvester or master logger, before making harvesting decisions.

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Managing your Land

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2013

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