2019 in Review

Forest Management Plans

DRPforestry had a very full year in 2019. Management Plans took up the largest chunk of my time (38%) involving all types of Plans, from the simple (tax plans) to the complex NRCS government cost-share plans. Herbicide application work, timber trespass analysis, and timber harvesting filled up much of the remaining time. All together, forestry work was completed for 39 clients of which 28 were new arrivals.

Trespass Tree Stump

Collecting data and writing the report to assist with resolving a timber trespass is a unique skill that that DRPforestry provides. The projects completed during 2019 ranged from a few acres to nearly 100 acres making for very interesting analyses. It can be quite the detective work.

Timber trespass is always a challenge. When trees are cut inadvertently or stolen, one must determine the timber volume and value using only the number and size of the stumps. If the trees are small with no current value it makes the job even more difficult. Then the total value must be estimated using the cost of planting the tree and compounding it forward to today. Or alternatively, estimating the harvest value and discounting it back to the present.

Cruising Timber

Other projects completed included property line maintenance, administration of fire hazard reduction projects, tree planting, timber cruising, and selling blister rust resistant white pine seed.

If you have an a forestry task that requires some outside help, check on the Services tab to see if my skills are sufficient. If so, send an email through the Contact tab and I will consider your request.

2 year old seedling

A new addition to the DRPforestry repertoire of tools in 2019 was the upgrading of the mapping program to Terrain Navigator Pro. This software is quite a complete and powerful mapping software that enables me to produce much more accurate and detailed maps for clients as shown below.

Stand Map for Client