Partners in the Harvesting Process
In the timber harvest supply chain the harvesting of timber requires planning and collaboration between several key contributors. These individuals and organizations must work together to insure that the land is cared for, the landowner's needs are met, and the timber is processed properly. A successful harvest provides renewable wood products at a local level while protecting the environment and future resources and that requires communication, team work, and good land stewardship. The key players in a timber sale are:
- Private landowners
- Consulting foresters
- Reputable loggers
- Local sawmills
- Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
Private landowners own 56% of our nations forest and because of their commitment to sustainability and preservation the US now has more harvestable timber than ever.
The role of the consulting forester is to watch out for the landowner's best interest by designing and implementing a plan that achieves the landowner's objectives. The consulting forester's plan considers pre-harvest issues, covers the entire harvest operation, and includes steps to be taken post-harvest
like securing cost share and implementing management techniques so the forest can properly recover after the harvest.
Loggers are responsible for cutting and transporting the trees to the sawmill and they play the most visible role in the harvest operation. It is a demanding job that requires skill, experience, and focus. A conscientious logging crew is vital to the success of the harvest because poor logging techniques can to serious damage to the remaining timber that could leave the future value of the timber and property severely diminished. Reputable loggers understand that timber harvesting is only one step in the forest management process and that unnecessary damage can have negative impacts for decades.
Sawmills are spread across the US and are crucial to the harvesting process. Local sawmills support local economies and sustainable living by processing locally grown timber into wood products that are distributed to local communities. These products are a true definition of sustainable living and responsible resource utilization.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
The IDNR oversees the IFDA program that collects a 4% harvest tax applied to all timber sales in Illinois. This tax revenue is re-distributed to landowners who are in the IFDA program to help them pay for post-harvest forest management. Long Forestry works closely with the IDNR and provides them with all the necessary documentation for IFDA timber tax reimbursement.