Partners in the Harvesting Process

Foresters, loggers, sawmills, and natural resource agencies all play a key role in providing renewable wood products at a local level while protecting the natural environment and future resources.


Using a Biltmore Stick for Tree Measurment during a Timber MarkingA forester’s primary role is to design and implement a plan that achieves a landowner’s objectives in an effective and efficient manner.  During a timber sale, a forester identifies, marks and measures each individual tree to be harvested.  Each tree is marked in order to achieve a specific objective for the landowner.  The forester then sells the trees to a logging company or local sawmill.  A forester provides contracts, collects payments, oversees harvesting operations, and looks after their client’s interest during harvesting operations.  A forester also provides assistance with acquiring cost share money and implementing forest management operations.



Reputable Loggers

Skidder Moves Logs on a Landing Site during a Timber Harvest

Loggers play the largest role during a harvesting operation.  Loggers are responsible for cutting the trees, removing them from the forest, and shipping the logs to local sawmills.  It is a demanding job that requires skill, experience, and focus.  

In order to have a successful timber sale, it is just as important to have a conscientious logger carry out the harvesting operation as it is to have a forester select the trees to be harvested.  A poor logging operation can do permanent damage to residual timber that leaves the future value of the timber highly diminished.  Long Forestry only works with reputable loggers that understand timber harvesting is only one step in the forest management process, and that unnecessary damage can have negative impacts for decades.  

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

The IDNR oversees the IFDA program and collects the 4% harvest tax applied to all timber sales in Illinois.  The revenue from the tax is redistributed to landowners who are in the IFDA program and who have had a recent timber sale.  It is redistributed as cost share for post harvest management.  Long Forestry works closely with county IDNR offices and provides them with all the necessary documentation and paper work for IFDA harvest tax reimbursement.  

Local Sawmills

Logs from a Timber HarvestSawmills spread across southern Illinois, western Kentucky, and southeast Missouri are crucial components of a successful harvest.  They process locally grown timber resources into products that are then re-distributed to the local communities.  Products that are utilized from local sawmills are the true definition of sustainable living and responsible resource utilization.