Monday, December 12, 2016

Jan 12, 2017

Timber Harvest Overview Part One Workshop

A carefully managed, sustainable timber harvest isn’t just about cutting down trees and cashing in on their commercial value. It’s about implementing a plan that encourages regeneration and the long-term well-being of the forest.  On Thursday, January 12, 2017, John Schwartzer, PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry Service Forester, will speak on the steps private woodland owners should take in planning and implementing a successful timber harvest along with the pitfalls to avoid. The meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M. at the Cumberland County Extension Office which is located at 310 Allen Road in Carlisle.  You do not have to be a member and there is no cost to attend.

Harvesting and selling timber is a critical decision in terms of its effect on the future management and profitability of the woodland, and therefore one that should be approached cautiously and objectively.  Years of growth are accumulated in a mature timber stand. The annual income from all those years is frequently marketed in a single transaction. Too much is at stake to sell timber without having accurate knowledge of products, volume, and value and without knowing how to establish the next crop for continued production.  Advice and assistance is available from a variety of sources, public and private, and should be used to maximum advantage. These and other issues surrounding a timber harvest will be presented at the meeting.

 The Cumberland Woodland Owners Association is an organization of forestland owners and others interested in forestry issues in south central Pennsylvania.  For more information about the meeting or the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association, contact Mike Waldron, at 717-677-7317 (email:


NOTE: The “Timber Harvest Overview Part Two Workshop” will be a tour on Saturday, May 13, 2017 starting at 9:30 a.m. of Fay Drawbaugh’s woodlands, 150 Church of God Rd., Newville, PA 17241, that will be lead by  John Schwartzer, PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry Service Forester, to look at timber harvest and forest management practices.

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