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Active land management is important for landowners and the local environment.  With appropriate and planned maintenance, timberland can be a low risk, profitable, and sustainable investment.  Active management of a forest resource has many additional benefits.  Responsible stewardship ensures economic viability and sustainable timber harvesting, assists in wildfire protection, promotes water quality and habitat health, contributes to the local economy, and provides recreational opportunities and family legacy.

Determining the appropriate forest management plan is fundamental to establishing the direction, continuity and priorities needed to meet both short and long term client goals. In the complex regulatory world of California, Forester’s Co-Op provides guidance to our clientele in selecting the proper planning tool for the specific forest or oak woodland property. Once we have established the short- and long-term goals of our clients, we tailor and build the planning/permitting mechanism to meet or exceed all governmental forest practice rules and regulations. Once approved, our company offers continuous implementation and monitoring services of the forest or oak woodland management plan, assuring that the goals and objectives of the client are met.

Typical Forestry Services Provided

  • Forestland inventory, timber cruising, appraisal, and current stocking report.
  • “Timber Harvest Plan” (THP) for the planning, harvesting, and sale of timber.  In California, if trees are to be harvested for commercial purposes on private lands, a THP must be prepared by a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) for review and approval by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).  FCO can assist a landowner in determining whether a THP or exemption permit is appropriate for a particular client.  Any timber harvest mechanism involves field and office preparation prior to harvest including, unit layout, timber marking, harvest system, road design, logging contract administration, and regulatory review participation through approval.
  • “Non Industrial Timber Management Plans” (NTMPs) are another mechanism for harvesting timber for non-industrial landowners.  A long term management plan is prepared by the RPF allowing timber harvests over a long period of time with reduced regulatory time and expense.  It is an alternative to filing individual THPs for every timber harvest.  As a part of the plan, landowners agree to manage their forests through uneven-aged management and long-term sustained yield, which helps the landowner plan for the sustained health, vigor, and economic viability of their forest resource asset.
  • The “CA Forest Improvement Program” (CFIP) offers small landowners a state subsidy for actively managing their land with treatments such as pre-commercial thinning, brush mastication, and pruning.  In our experience, the average subsidy for a landowner is usually 50-70%!
  • Oak woodland inventory, mapping and significance determination under State Law SB 1334, the California Oak Woodlands Conservation Act of 2004
  • Archaeological surveys and confidential archaeological addenda for forestlands.
  • Marketing of forest products for commercial sale.
  • Logging contract negotiations and log sale administration services.
  • Tree Protection Plans for use during construction.
  • Monitoring and assessing of biological forest health and the development of forest maintenance and restoration strategies.
  • Application and supervision for the implementation of publicly assisted cost share forestland restoration programs such as “CFIP”, “EQIP” and “SIP” through CDF, NRCS and the USFS.
  • Customized mapping products using the latest technology in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) & GPS (Global Positioning Systems) to develop accurate natural resource maps for use land base data management services.
  • Forest Growth and Yield models – Visualize future timber investment financial returns under various management practices.
  • Preparation of a long-term Forest Conservation Plan incorporating a multi-year forest regeneration component to meet the standards of Specific County Planning Departments.


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