WICKERSHAM FORESTRY SERVICES, INC.
We try to cover everything that will affect your timber stand and your bottom line so that you can enjoy your property and create wealth for yourself at the same time. If you need a plan just give us a call and we will be happy to sit down with you and create a plan that will give you exactly what you need so that you can feel secure in you management decisions for your property now and for years to come.
If you are looking for a big, thick, pretty, printed binder that contains a lot of garbage that you won't understand and will never need, then you have come to the wrong place.
Our management plans are written for the layman so our clients can understand them. We don't fill our plans with fluff so they "look more professional". Why would the average landowner want to know the average slope of the land? Why would the average landowner want to know the names of the soil types found on the property? Our plans include the present condition of the timber stands on the property along with a schedule of activities that will need to be performed in the future such as plantation thinnings, select cuts, prescribed burns and harvest cuts. We design every plan to fit the needs of the individual landowner. An average management plan will be no more than about five pages long
To give you one example, lets say you own 200 acres of five year old loblolly pine plantation. We would first walk the plantation to determine its condition at the present time. We would map the property showing problem areas where the plantation doesn't contain enough trees to fully occupy the site. We would then state the acreage in viable plantation and give you the estimated dates of your first thinning along with the per acre value you should expect to receive for that thinning and finally the harvest cut.
We would list management activities such as prescribed burns that will keep the junk species from coming into the stand after thinning operations and keep the fuel level down so that wild fires that may run through your stand during hot weather won't harm your trees.
In our plans, we give you advice on things like boundary line maintenance and fire lanes to protect your stand from fire and theft. We make suggestions such as leasing the property to a good hunting club if you are an absentee landowner who doesn't hunt the property yourself.