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   Considerations for Forest Landowners
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Considerations for Forest Landowners

As the owner of forestland in Louisiana, you are ultimately responsible to make sure that good stewardship is practiced on your land. Ensuring that Louisiana's recommended forestry best management practices are followed on your land will significantly increase the chances that you and future generations will enjoy the many benefits that arise from a well-maintained, sustainably managed forested system.

The best way to ensure that Louisiana's recommended forestry BMPs are followed on your land is by making it a provision in the timber sale contract. A timber sale contract is very important. It is your first and last line of defense for protecting your land. The contract legally binds you and the buyer. A well-written contract that specifies that BMPs must be followed and will be inspected for conformity is the best, simplest way to protect your land, especially at harvest time and post-harvest.

More information about timber sale contracts and marketing and selling timber in general can be found by clicking here

Another excellent way to ensure that BMPs are followed on your land is to hire a professional consulting forester. Consulting foresters can assist you in a variety of ways. They can assist you and your family in developing a long-term forest management plan (a key component of sustainably managing private forestland). Because they are so familiar with the area or region, they are best positioned to advise you regarding markets and management. They can help market your timber because they know more about the local market, and they know the buyers who operate there. They will help you draw up a contract and monitor harvesting activities to be sure that your contractual demands are met. After the harvest, they will conduct an inspection of the site. They can assist you in site preparation and replanting. A good relationship with a professional consulting forester is the best way to ensure the long-term health and sustainability of your land. It will also increase your profitability. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry maintains a list of consulting foresters. You can access and download the PDF document here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader program to open and view the document. If you need to download the reader, click here.
Last Updated: 7/23/2009 11:01:40 AM
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