landowner question re:post logging cleanup

ForestFair forestfair at aol.com
Wed Aug 5 23:44:08 EST 1998


Can't help you with the heavy equipment part of the question, but it sounds
like your forestry consultant could have avoided this, if he was aware that the
timing was important to you.

Did he hold a performance bond that would be returned to the loggers only after
they had finished the work?  A 10% bond is common where I am, and this is
usually an adequate incentive to get the loggers to complete the work.  And if
they don't, if your consultant saw to it that you had an adequate contract,
you'd be able to use that 10% to hire someone else to finish up the work.

Even in the absence of a bond, get your consultant to put some pressure on the
loggers.  After all, they most likely want the forester to send them bid
offerings in the future, and don't want to alienate him too much.

If you decide to do it yourself, there are brushpiles and then there are
brushpiles.  What I mean is that brush can be piled different ways for
different purposes -- to create habitats of various types, to encircle and
protect an area where browsing may be preventing regeneration, to reduce
erosion.  Your local NRCS office can probably provide some information on this.

Good luck.

FF
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