DSC00980aHarvest time is an exciting time for forest landowners.  It means it’s time for some important decisions to be made:  how are you going to sell your trees, what trees are going to be cut, what contractor are you going to use, and planning for replanting after the harvest.

The decisions you make about the harvest will impact your land for a long time.  It’s important to take some time to research options to optimize your return on forest investment and minimize the environmental impacts on your land.

Loncala has attained the Master Logger designation.  What does this mean?  It means that the logger has attended a three-day course about business and forest management, safety, and environmental concerns.  In order to keep the Master Logger designation, the logger must keep current with the Master Logger continuing-education program that offers a wide variety of courses to keep them up-to-date with new rules and regulations regarding the logging business.

DSC01043In these courses, loggers learn and share information about how to conduct themselves in a professional and business-like manner.  They learn about OSHA rules they must follow, how to protect themselves against business losses, transportation law, insurance coverage, labor and independent contractor law, and a host of environmental issues.  Loggers are the protectors of your forest:  it’s important that they know and follow Best Management Practices (BMPs) to protect water quality, silviculture rules, permitting options, endangered species rules, and aesthetics.

Master Loggers realize their chosen profession is potentially dangerous and physically demanding.  It entails long hours in remote areas, and huge investments in mechanical equipment and personnel costs.  Master Loggers have earned this special designation and proudly wear the Master Logger hat.  The courses they take help keep them safe and productive – and also help them be better business people.

DSC01036This gives you a general idea of issues to think about when choosing a logger.  If you are interested in selling your timber, having the timber appraised at no cost to you or if you have any questions concerning the various options benefiting you the most as a landowner, please contact us or our forester, Tim Odom, at 386-454-1511 or Timber@Loncala.com.

Other resources and helpful links:

Florida Forestry Association – http://floridaforest.org

Southeastern Wood Producers Association – http://www.sewpa.com