We finally contacted a forester about getting our land logged and cleared so we can have our own pasture, instead of having to borrow it (we've been grateful to be able to do so, but we really want to have our sheep here, and not somewhere else!). Everything came together fairly quickly. We had the forester come out a few weeks ago and go over the property with us. He explained the process, gave us an idea of what we might expect to get for the logs and pulpwood, and we talked over a couple options, one of which seemed more likely. We called him back last week and said we were ready to start any time. He brought over the paperwork for us to sign (contract, permit for the Town, etc.) and said they had a crew that had just finished a job, and could probably start right away, as long as the weather cooperated.
Of course, we had a few days of rain, but this morning at 5:53 the dog started barking and I got up to see the skidder being unloaded. I wanted to take some "before" pictures, but I had a lot to do this morning and didn't get around to it until after lunch. So, this is the pseudo before picture. It still gives a pretty good idea of what the property looks like with all the trees. That's the logger's truck in the middle of the photo.
I then walked up in front of the truck and took this photo:
It's not going to be a clearcut when it's done. There are a lot of little trees that aren't worth anything for logs or pulp, and there are several acres that we are just taking the pine out of, and leaving all the hardwood so we can manage that area for firewood. But the acreage closest to the house will eventually all be fields. At least, that is the plan!
Knowing what the property looks like, I can’t wait to see more pics of the progress leading to completion.
I would love to find out more information about how you found the forester, and used them to clear some land. I have 2 acres to clear. Thank you, I am enjoying your blog!
It’s been a while, but I think I started with Cooperative Extension’s list of licensed foresters in our state. Their list is provided by the state board of licensure for foresters and the individual foresters can then add information on the services they offer. We chose someone who’d been in business locally for many years, and would take care of finding the right logger for the job, and would take care of all the permits and reporting to the town for the timber tax. They paid us for the logs and pulpwood and when it was all done, they sent the town the paperwork showing how much was harvested (we got a copy and I double-checked it with our payment slips) and the town sent us a bill for the tax owed. This is in NH of course - if you are in another state, procedures may be different, but checking with cooperative extension is a good starting point.