Hickman Timber Management Enables You To Increase Your Property’s Value and Generate Income Well Into The Future
As a private woodland owner you may not be receiving the full value and benefits that can be realized through professional timber management. According to Pennsylvania Forestry Association data, private lands could grow twice as much timber if managed properly.
Through the use of responsible management practices and our forestry experience we direct the spacing, specie, and volume of trees to optimize the growth of timber that’s marketable to the hardwood lumber and veneer industries. The more marketable trees grown, the greater the value and income to be realized.
The first step for an unmanaged woodlot is to clean out the undesireable species which are crooked, deseased or otherwise unmarketable. These trees hamper the growth of the straight healthy trees that lumber buyers want. This initial stand improvement is meant to free the marketable trees from competition and thin the stand to desireable numbers. This intial step can often provide the owner with firewood, (that is growing in marketable trees which could be harvested and sold for income.
Custom Tailored Plans to Meet Your Needs
Some secondary goals and benefits incurred through the timber harvest or stand improvement work may include plans for trails (hiking, snowmobile, horse, etc.) and picnic site locations where access roads and landing areas would be needed.
These areas are necessary for easy access to the timber and therefore need to be choosen with careful consideration. Many factors including: the relation to the property borders, main roads, topography, current stand conditions, etc., are all taken into account. Today’s timber harvesting operations, when committed to responsible management principles, are designed to be transparent. Overall health and diversity of the forest is improved and the benefits to the environment and wildlife are enhanced and preserved as well.
Every property is unique and, while stands as small as 5-10 acres have proven profitable for their owners, only an on site inspection can determine the current value of a stand and it’s potential for future profit, sustainability, and useability.
If you’re serious about committing your land to a long term management plan that preserves the forest resource, increases your lands value, and provides a source of income that will grow… call us for a free, no obligation, on-site evaluation.
Managing Wildlife Through Timber Management
Hickman Timber Management can help you obtain your goals for wildlife management as well as a profit. Through the process of Timber Management, dense canopies are opened up for new growth and more food sources are made available. Statistics have shown that sustainable timber harvesting helps the native and local animal and bird populations to flourish. Natural habitats can be developed and enhanced to allow for the development of a specific specie. Game species such as deer, turkey, and pheasants can be managed by the location and regeneration of new food sources, open areas and den habitats. Through sustainable timber management many values of your land can be realized at the same time.