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What is Forest Management - Proper care and control of wooded land to maintain health, vigor, product flow, and other values (soil condition, water quality, wildlife preservation, and beauty) in order to accomplish specific objectives. The practical application of scientific, economic and social principles to forest property.




Stated more simply - Forest Management is properly caring for a forest so that it can provide the landowner with the products and comforts they desire. It is a process, not a science. Landowners have certain expectations for their woodland and specific strategies will be used to achieve this goal. Our goal is to help you improve your forest for future generations. Whether it is strictly an investment property, or a family farm you wish to pass on to your children or your great grand children. Cruse Hardwoods can help you reach those goals through a process that is clear and easy to understand.


The Planning Process - This process includes careful identification of what objectives you (the landowner) wish to obtain from your land.


Forest Landowner Objectives


  • Source of Income
  • Tax Shelter
  • Product Yield
  • Aesthetics
  • Preservation
  • Pride and Self Satisfaction
  • Speculation
  • Inheritance
  • Security
  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Recreation/ Hunting
  • Increase Species Diversity
  • Exercise/ Hobby


Some landowners may be interested in emphasizing only one management objective. They might, for example, be interested in maximizing the net financial return on investment through timber yield, or they might wish to develop the forest primarily as a wildlife habitat. Management such as this, which emphasizes a single resource objective, is called dominant-use management.


The forest can and will provide other products and amenities as it is managed (e.g., cuttings to enhance wildlife habitat will yield timber and/or income), but the management plan is developed to enhance or improve one (dominant) resource.


Most forest landowners, however, are interested in obtaining more than one product or amenity from their forests. They might, for example, desire income from timber harvest, wildlife habitat enhancement, and the maintenance of aesthetic quality. Forest management designed to enhance or produce more than one product or amenity is called multiple-use management. It is important to note that multiple-use management does not require that every acre of the forest be managed in such a way that it yields the desired mix. In the example given previously, some areas might be managed primarily for timber with aesthetic considerations, while on other acres specific practices are undertaken to enhance wildlife habitat.


Cruse Hardwoods will work with you on any type or variety of management plan you choose.