Woodland Exam + Basic Management Advice
In this basic service, our forester visits your property, conducts a basic inventory of your woodlot, and provides general, written recommendations and management advice.
Forest Stewardship Plan
In this more comprehensive service, our forester conducts a comprehensive inventory of your property, discusses your management objectives, and provides a detailed management plan that includes specific recommendations for your site and a 10-year schedule of activities.
Once your woodlot has a Forest Stewardship Plan, it may be eligible for cost-share money to implement certain practices recommended in that plan. Cost-share money is subject to availability.
There is a fee to develop a Forest Stewardship Plan, and cost-share money may also be available to help offset this fee.
Timber Sale Advice
Our forester visits your site and determines if there is potential for a timber sale. In either event, he will provide a written evaluation of your timber stand.
He also can offer general guidance on the best way to conduct a timber sale, and supply names of qualified professional foresters.
Note that timber harvests may be subject to municipal ordinances that require the Westmoreland Conservation District to review the erosion and sediment control plan. (also see “Erosion and Sediment Control”).
Our forester visits your site and then provides specific written recommendations on things you can do to improve your property for wildlife.
He often consults with other agency experts in making these recommendations, which can include such things as making brush piles and providing nesting cavities.
Habitat improvement recommendations may also be included as part of both a Woodland Exam and a Forest Stewardship Plan.
Tree Planting / Reforestation
Our forester visits your site; assesses its soil, terrain, and growing conditions; and then provides written recommendations for the tree and plant species that should do well there.
He also will provide advice on how to space and protect the seedlings (also see “Seedling Protection”).