Harvest Management

Q: I am about to hire a forester to prepare a Timber Harvest Plan. I know about a scattering of obsidian flakes that have been covered over by needle litter. I sure don’t want to complicate my plan or make it more expensive. Should I tell the forester about this spot or hope that it goes unnoticed? ~ Member

A: You should always reveal whatever you know about your property as it helps to direct the forester to those sensitive areas that can cause problems if not identified prior to plan submission. The obsidian flakes you just mentioned could be indicative of a larger unknown site that, if discovered during operations, would mean stopping the logging until it can be assessed by an archeologist. Foresters are trained to use mitigation measures that allow you to still harvest timber while protecting the integrity of the site. Being up front with your forester is always best. ~ Consulting Forester

posted: 2013-07-30

Q: Can I still just file an NTO (Notice of Timber Operations) and start harvesting my timber? ~ Member

A: Do not take it for granted that you can start harvesting immediately after submitting an NTO, and it is always smart to plan ahead several months.  Are there any new species listed in your watershed; such as the “Pacific Fisher?” Are your growth and yield calculations out of date (usually 10-15 years)? Are there any physical changes to the watershed; e.g. mass soil movements, significant erosion, fire? Are any wildlife surveys required (Spotted owl, Marbled Murrelet, Willow Flycatcher, etc.)? All of these scenarios require an amendment be filed with CAL FIRE by your RPF. A minor amendment can take a week and a major amendment can take several weeks to receive approval. ~ Dennis Possehn, Consulting Forester

posted: 2013-03-30