To get a pair of Boots on Your Land, check with four sources:
1. Your local DNR Forestry Office. Experienced DNR foresters are sometimes available to work with private woodland owners. There is a charge for their service. In additions, because of the many demands on their time, getting a DNR forester out to your land might involve a wait for as much as a year. Further, there is a limit to what services DNR foresters can perform. For example, foresters in some DNR offices are not permitted to arrange for timber sales on private land.
2. Some county Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) employ a forester who specializes in working with private woodland owners.
3. Private Consulting Foresters can provide the fullest range of services to private woodland owners, including everything from a walk across the land with you to managing a timber sale from start to finish. Private consultants charge for their services while DNR and SWCD foresters do not. Nonetheless, you can be “money ahead” by working with a private forester. Here are some of the advantages of working with a private consulting forester:
In addition, their fees are probably deductible!
Peter Bundy surveyed consulting foresters and produced a report, Status of Consulting Forestry in Minnesota 2013.
4. Certified Master Loggers. Some landowners choose to deal directly with a logger. The ones listed here have been certified under standards set by the Minnesota Logger Education Program.