your Timber and come back with written reports and maps properly shaded to your Tree types!
In my part of the country No-one practices Coppice and Pollarding trees, and even a good Forester may not have even heard of the terms, or know their
Generally if you have marketable or soon to be marketable timber, the Forester will Mark the trees with spray paint, chest high and just below stump level,
the second mark is your best protection against an over eager logger cutting down a tree NOW that the Forester wants to grow for several more years.
Generally, at least in the NorthEast U.S. the Forester will give you a list of loggers 'He' likes, but will not be on the property when the logging is done !
My best recommendation for a novice wood lot owner is to have ''weed trees'' marked for thinning, and firewood trees for yourself to cut. After several years
of maintaining your own wood lot and harvesting firewood You could make a personal choice if you want to attempt logging. Pulpwood logging is generally
possible for even a new Woodlot manager.
Cutting whole logs is another story, one miss-cut can turn a furniture grade Cherry or old oak log into Fire wood! That kind off logging expertise should
come while you are working for someone else who really, really knows what they are doing !
Finally, I have known several good logging outfits, and most are very hard working, and try to do a good job. In my experience the local Mennonites are
some of the best, all loggers still using horses are craftsmen who are there because they want to be! Not all loggers are the same 'let the buyer beware'
covers it wholly ! For the good of the Craft ! Big AL
Big AL wrote:...come while you are working for someone else who really, really knows what they are doing !
OH BOY...listen to this Sage wisdom...there are (few) great loggers left...and way (too) many that are just "forest butchers." Even with a decent forester (many types and qualities of those too) you are not guaranteed a good job. Few (very few) know or are really interested in Permaculture in my experience...though this is rapidly changing in some areas. Shop carefully or learn the skills yourself.
Big AL wrote:... In my experience the local Mennonites are some of the best, all loggers still using horses are craftsmen who are there because they want to be! Not all loggers are the same 'let the buyer beware' covers it wholly ! For the good of the Craft ! Big AL
A BIG second to that...if a logger is still useing a team member that has four legs...they may not know all they can, but you can guarented they are trying and take pride in there craft.
To your general question..."do the logging myself"...the answer is a very little YES and most that try turn away soon after, as there is more to this work (when done well and with craft) than simply whacking down trees. I encourage you to do it yourself...but learn to do it well...and use as many resources as possible to learn this.
Follow all the previous advice, but WATCH AND LEARN EVERYTHING YOU CAN while the pros work. Especially how to choose the trees and then cut them. You can turn a $5000 tree into a $500 tree really quickly. And you can knock over what would be $10,000 in trees in ten years or put yourself in the emergency room just as easily.