Our philosophy of timber management is based
on all-aged management using the single tree selection
system of harvesting of forest products. Each tree
is selected for harvest based on its own merits.
Trees are harvested because they have reached financial
maturity, they are diseased or defective, or when
they become too thick to grow properly. We ordinarily
mark 30% to 40% of the total sawlog volume in our
We believe in managing land for optimum production
of good-quality pine and hardwood sawlogs. Pine
pulpwood harvesting is held to a minimum and is
only done when stands become too thick to grow
properly or become unhealthy due to overcrowding.
Hardwood pulpwood is removed from pine land to
promote reseeding of pine and to reduce competition
for the pine stands. We believe in growing pine
on pine land and hardwood on good hardwood land.
We firmly believe in maximizing income from the
land based on timber growth and the lands ability
to produce timber, but we advocate cutting less
than growth in order to gradually increase stocking
on the land. We never overcut a tract unless the
owner instructs us to do so. Volume has increased
dramatically on lands which we have managed over
a long period of time, even though substantial
cuts have been made.
It is our belief that sawtimber should be sold
by sealed bids in lump-sum sales. We allow two
year timber deeds with all money paid up front.
The volume estimates of timber to be sold are very
important for sales such as this. They must be
accurate and we pride ourselves in providing accurate
tallies of timber to be sold.
We make recommendations for what we believe to
be proper management of the land and then confer
with the owners to see if we are in agreement.
The owners always have the final option on what
is to be done and when.
Multiple use management is a term that we hear
a lot these days and we practice this as much as
is practical. We personally believe that proper
timber management is also proper game management
and also leaves the forest in good condition for
other recreational activities. All of these are
taken into consideration in formalizing our management
We are firm believers in keeping up with all
legislation that might affect landowners and do
this through membership in landowners organizations
such as the Arkansas Forestry Association, Forest
Landowners Association, and Louisiana Forestry
Association. Every effort is made to keep abreast
of all tax changes and other changes which might
affect our clients.
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