Forest Management Planning:
Successful forest management is a result of carefully planning and
analyzing the existing forest resources to develop long and short
term goals that will accomplish client objectives. Forest Management
Plans are prepared by our staff of experienced professional foresters.
A management plan generally includes an inventory of the existing
resources, maps of the various timber stands, soil and site information,
estimated cost and revenues, timber stand descriptions and management
recommendations for a specific time period. This planning is aimed
at meeting client goals through sound forest management while integrating
and protecting soil, water, wildlife and timber resources.
Computer-based growth and yield models are used to analyze the economic
maturity of the various timber stands, and develop harvest schedules
that are best suited for our clients. An important part of Southern
Resource Service’s management strategy is maximizing timber
and non-timber income.
The success of a forest management program is measured at the time
the timber is sold. A well managed forest will produce higher quality
timber which results in higher prices when sold. Timber sale timing
is extremely important, and requires an up to date knowledge of timber
markets and trends. We continually monitor these factors to help achieve
successful timber sales.
In most situations, our marketing approach includes accurately estimating
the volume and value of the timber to be sold, advertising the timber
through competitive bids, selling under a firm timber deed or contract
designed to protect our clients land and remaining timber, and supervising
harvesting operations. Harvesting operations are required to be in
compliance with state “Best Management Practices”.
Timber estimates are an important part of our professional services.
We regularly estimate the volume and value of timber for management,
sales, taxation, trespass, property damages, loans, property divisions,
eminent domain proceedings, land acquisition and estate planning purposes.
We utilize sound timber cruising techniques and the latest in GPS
technology to assure accurate timber estimates.
The inventory is a measure of the amount of timber on a tract and
enables you to establish the current value of your timber. It also
provides you with the essential information for future decisions.
An important part of Southern Resource Service’s wildlife management
strategy is integrating wildlife and timber management. Improving
wildlife habitat is done by selective harvesting practices, leaving
desirable mast producing species, retaining hardwoods along drainages,
prescribe burning, chemical treatments, and regulating the size, shape,
and distribution of cutting units. Furthermore, we work to establish
and maintain forest openings, and do supplemental planting that improves
desirable plant foods for numerous wildlife species.
Investments in timberland or timberland improvement should always
be a careful decision. Most timberland investments are long-range
due to the nature of the crop and have several critical factors which
should be considered. Each investment has its own attributes which
are often unique due to the variation in timberland properties and
variation in landowner goals. Southern Resource Service uses specialized
computer programs and knowledge to evaluate potential investments.
Boundary Line Maintenance:
Boundary Line Maintenance is an important part of forest management
that is often given low priority by landowners. Well marked boundary
lines make management of the property and forestry practices more
efficient, and helps to prevent encroachment and trespass.
Reforestation is the cornerstone of successful forest management.
Failure to properly reforest a recently harvested tract of land can
be very costly. Following a final harvest, we establish and implement
a reforestation plan that is based on sound forestry practices, and
aimed at establishing a vigorous forest to meet landowner objectives.
We contract with reputable vendors to do the site preparation and
tree planting as needed, and monitor their services on site to ensure
that their work is of high quality.
Absentee Owner Representation:
It is realized that many landowners live a considerable distance
from their property and are unable to supervise the management activities
associated with ownership. As resource managers, we assume management
responsibility as an agent. We correspond with clients as to their
goals and desires, and we represent their interest through managing
projects on site.
Growth studies are a very important tool in forest management. Accurate
growth data can be used to determine the growing conditions of a forest
stand which aids in achieving optimal scheduling for forestry practices.
Also, with accurate growth data, we can use specialized computer programs
to project the timber into the future to determine expected revenues,
or discount the stand to the past for appraisal purposes.
Specialized Computer Programs:
In setting up and implementing forest management plans and performing
timber estimates, it is imperative to have highly accurate data on
which to base decisions. Specialized computer systems allow us to
produce accurate data in such things as volume, value and acreage
calculations, growth projections, and economic evaluation.
Global positioning system (GPS) technology greatly increases our
ability to produce high quality, accurate maps for a variety of forest
management applications. This technology allows us to produce accurate
acreage for timber volume calculations which translates into more
accurate value estimates. In addition, we use GPS equipment to determine
acreage estimates for areas to be site prepped and replanted. This
assures that the cost for doing these types of activities are more
precise. Lastly, it is very important in long range, forest and wildlife
management. This GPS technology makes property management more efficient