Long View's woodland service crew members pick up where forest management staff leave off in the care and tending of the forest. For properties with invasive plant infestations, the crew's first priority is controlling these plants to limit their spread and minimize impacts on native vegetation. Next, woodland service staff can focus their attention on freeing desirable trees from competition using various techniques commonly referred to as timber stand improvement. When done well, this weeding and thinning work can have a dramatic impact on the future forest. The best trees are given room to grow vigorously towards their full potential as great trees for wildlife, timber value, or simple enjoyment by those who come upon them in the woods. Beyond tending forest vegetation, Long View's crews also build and maintain trails, prune fruit trees, and do limited tree removals and chipping. The common thread is a thorough approach to caring for forestland that begins with planning and continues with comprehensive woodland service offerings.
Long View's foresters work with individuals, families, and organizations to develop and implement long term plans to care for and improve their forestland. The size and condition of the properties we manage is highly varied - from just a few acres to a few thousand, from long managed and full of beautiful trees and well maintained roads to heavily degraded with few quality trees, invasive plant problems, and eroded trails. What these properties have in common, however, is the potential to grow great trees and a shared commitment and determination from clients and from us to make it happen. In tackling management challenges, our specialty is finding creative approaches that help clients achieve the near universal, but elusive, goal of "leaving the land better than we found it."
Banner Photo: Jeff Putnam putting a leave tree spot on a healthy white pine in Londonderry, VT.
This towering white pine on a recently completed harvest in Dummerston, VT was retained to provide seed and shade for regeneration and to become an even greater tree than it is today.
Management Plan Preparation
We specialize in plans that meet the requirements of Vermont’s Use Value Appraisal Program. We also formulate plans that meet Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and American Tree Farm Certification standards. Our underlying philosophy is that the management plan should be an active, working document, a road map that drives management decisions and does not gather dust on the shelf.
Project Planning, Layout, and Administration
We specialize in comprehensive multi-faceted projects that bring our philosophy of active, continuous management into action. We work with Long View's in-house crews as well as outside contractors to carry out a wide range of stand-alone and interrelated projects. These range from roads, trails, and clearings to invasive plant treatments and young forest thinning to commercial timber harvesting.
Forest Inventory, Mapping, and Assessment
While these fundamentals are included in a forest management plan, some landowners forgo a complete plan but would like information and reporting on specific forest resources. Other clients already have a plan but would like additional assessment based on specific interests or questions about their land.
Property Boundary Maintenance
Systematic, periodic maintenance of boundaries is essential to effective management and to property ownership in general. We recommend clients follow a 10-year maintenance schedule in order to keep boundary evidence fresh and easily visible.
Besides the above core services, we are available to consult on anything related to the ownership of forestland. For example, we frequently advise clients on the requirements and nuances of Vermont's Use Value Appraisal Program and assist with associated paperwork to facilitate landowners’ smooth participation in this program.