Landowner assistance and information are available from the following sources:
A state agency that provides basic forestry information and forest management planning (up to five days a year are free), seedlings for reforestation, lists of consulting foresters and timber buyers by county, cost-share programs, BMP implementation, fire control, some site preparation activities, educational state forests and school programs. Most counties have county rangers who can help landowners - Click here to see that list.
State/federal agency that provides basic forestry and forest management information to landowners and other members of the public. Forest Resource extension specialists conduct educational tours and meetings, maintain forest management demonstration sites, help sponsor local forestry clubs and provide local information to the media. Most counties have local Agricultural Extension offices.
Private non-profit membership organization. Active in legislative and regulatory issues affecting forestry and forest management; works with the media on forestry issues; sponsors Project Learning Tree in the public schools, and forestry and environmental camps for teachers and middle school students; sponsors the ProLogger Program, a statewide logger education program; provides general forestry and forest industry information; maintains a speakers bureau for civic club presentations; publishes a monthly newsletter for members on association activities, current legislative and regulatory issues at state and federal levels; assists member landowners and others in interpreting regulatory requirements relative to forestry.
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State agency. Provides information and assistance to forestland owners in wildlife management. Technical assistance and seed for wildlife plantings are available from area biologists. Personnel are also available to make presentations to schools and civic groups. Local offices are located across the state.
Consulting foresters generally offer a full range of services to private landowners. Management planning, timber-sale preparation and administration, reforestation, etc. can be handled by consulting foresters. Fees are generally based on hourly or daily rates, forest acreage or may be a percentage of the sale price from a timber sale. Click here for a ists of local consulting foresters.
Forest Products Industry
Some forest product companies offer forest landowner assistance programs. Industry foresters will usually assist with management planning and may make contractors available at cost for site preparation and seedling planting. In exchange, some companies ask for an option to purchase the future timber at competitive prices.