A Professional Forester on Your Land!

A Professional Forester on Your Land!

If you are like other woodland owners, one of the things you want most is a pair of “boots on your land”. That is, we want a knowledgeable forester to walk the land with us while discussing the features we encounter, answering questions and helping to plan future management activities.

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:

    * They might be more readily available than either DNR or SWCD foresters.
    * They can tell you things that DNR or SWCD foresters can’t, like which loggers have the best reputations.
    * In a timber sale, they can manage the entire process for you including marking trees to be cut, sending bids to loggers, helping you evaluate the bids and monitoring the logging process.
    * 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.