Timber sales on private lands

While it is true that current markets for most timber species aren’t as good as they were a few years ago, landowners can still receive fair market value for their timber. Timber harvesting can also be a great tool for accomplishing a variety of woodland goals, including: improving forest health and wildlife habitat, building recreational trails, and producing income. However, […]

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The value of private forests and other wood products market news

Don Deckard, Forest Economist with the Minnesota DNR, recently distributed the December 2009 Wood Markets Monthly report.  There’s a lot of interesting reading….  The headlines are below, and you can download the full report here. General Interest New study reports Minnesota’s private forests support 47,000 jobs with $1.8 billion payroll Minnesota counties receive 143% increase in timber payments GDP increased […]

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Minnesota timber harvesting publications and other resource links

  Timber Harvesting OSHA Logging Hazards Safe Chainsaw Operation A Landowner’s Guide to Building Forest Access Roads Sample contract for timber harvesting in Minnesota Sample timber sale contract- Michigan State University Understanding the timber sale contract- University of Wisconsin Logging for the 21st Century: Protecting the Forest Environment Logging for the 21st Century: Forest Ecology and Regeneration How much lumber […]

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Two videos: Natural disturbance-based silviculture and restoring late-successional structure

Back in June 2009, someone named Tom posted a great question about applying the Dauerwald concept in Minnesota.  In a nutshell, the Dauerwald approach involves intensive management designed to maintain a high diversity of tree species and ages.  This approach can be attractive to those interested in active management but less comfortable with more extensive harvests such as clearcuts or […]

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Minnesota forest products producer directories

The Minnesota DNR, Division of Forestry’s Utilization & Marketing program maintains directories of Minnesota primary and secondary forest products producers.  You can find the links below. Minnesota Primary Forest Products Producer Directory – lists sawmills, pulp and paper mills, Oriented Strand Board mills, veneer mills, and dry-kiln facilities in Minnesota. Minnesota Secondary Forest Products Producer Directory – lists wood-product manufacturing […]

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Light on the Land Small-scale Logging field day: Sept. 19 2009, Brainerd

Small-scale Logging Field Day: September 19, 2009, Brainerd. Download complete event details (PDF) Small-scale logging is a system and a range of equipment that increases logging flexibility and extends production seasons.  Small-scale logging is designed for harvesting operations where maneuverability is a primary concern.  It is not logging small trees and/or small volumes. Why attend? Whether you are a logger, […]

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Forest stand improvement: Resource list

Intermediate Cutting Intermediate Treatments-Wisconsin DNR Thinning Fertilizing, Pruning, and Thinning Hardwood Plantations-Purdue University in association with the UDSA Forest Service Thinning and Stand Diversity-USDA Forest Service: North Central Region Improvement, release, and salvage cuttings Woodland Improvement and Crop Trees in Iowa-Iowa State University Intermediate Stand Treatments-University of Illonois HJ Andrews Uneven-Aged Management Project (UAMP)-Forest Service Northwest Region Regeneration Logging for […]

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