Logging / Timber Management
All Pro Able Tree & Timber is a well trusted and established family owned and operated tree service which has been serving the Southern Tier, Twin Tiers, and surrounding region for over 50 years. We have built our successful logging division by following three basic principles:
- Always being honest, fair, and upfront with our customers
- Completing the work in a safe, efficient, and appropriate manor
- Making it easy for the customer to complete their project while providing them with the maximum possible income.
If you own land, you could possibly be sitting on a great financial return. (If you are logging, your land should be making you money. If it’s not, you need to contact us today to figure out why it’s not!)
A timber sale is the culmination of many years of forest management and the most significant opportunity for a return on forestry investments. The lack of experience in planning, conducting and monitoring a timber sale can make the process seen a daunting task. We believe we have the responsibility to help customers understand the process and be informed consumers before any logging operation begins.
While there are many things to consider and every logging company does things slightly differently, here is what you can expect from All Pro Able Tree & Timber.
The process starts with an initial phone call to inquire about our services. We’ll then schedule a visit with you where we will walk around the property with you. During this visit we will be looking at several things.
- We will be evaluating the trees. We do not believe in “high grading trees”. This operation, which has been done for centuries in this country, means harvesting the best trees and leaving the rest. This means taking trees that are tall and straight and leaving trees that have poor form. While this can make you more money in the short term, it degrades the genetic quality of the trees. If trees with poor form are left, they create seeds for the next generation, and over time the trees will decrease in quality. Together we will identify trees that have value that should be cut down and assess the value.
- We will also be evaluating the property. The layout of the property, the terrain, identifying landing locations (where the cut trees will be prepared for transportation.), identifying access points and pathways, evaluating the need for temporary roads, etc. are all considered. We need to understand property boundaries, so we don’t cut down trees that are not yours or infringe on your neighbor’s property.
- We will also assess any creeks, rivers, or ponds on your property, to make sure we do not negatively impact them by any logging operation. We do not want to cause erosion, and if the trees are removed that allow shade over the bodies of water, it can change the temperature of the water and can make the water less desirable for fish or any aquatic species. We typically leave buffers around creeks, rivers, or ponds.
- We will also talk about requirements for permits, right of ways needed for the job, required equipment, and your desired time frame for the operation. At this phase we will also discuss and come to an agreement on other key parts of the operation such as hauling, marketing/sale of harvested trees, slash management, selection and marking of trees, sub-contractor management (for example, if the size of the project requires additional haulers.), and reforestation should that be requested or required by the woodland owner.
Following this visit we will be able to provide you with a proposal for services which reflects the potential income from the logging activities and the expenses to complete the logging activities which will then provide you with a profit margin for the operation. Expenses include moving equipment to and from the operations site, rock/road building, etc.
We will then draw up a contract to lay out the specifications of the logging operation and how payments to you will occur. The contract will also address things like proof of insurance, including liability and property damage coverage.
Once the contract is executed, operations will be scheduled, and the project will begin as agreed in the project timeline.
Most projects require initial preparations before the cutting begins. This includes development of a landing area, creation, or improvements to access points, and occasionally improvement to roads or other infrastructure depending on the specific project and scope of the work. Equipment is brought on site and work begins to prepare for the harvesting of the trees.
Following the completion of all preparation the work begins for the harvesting. Our crew will access the trees and appropriately complete the harvest. We will match the equipment we use to your specific site, which is extremely important for All Pro Able Tree & Timber, but also the woodland owner. We need to utilize the most efficient system to increase production and reduce operating costs and the woodland owner desires a system(s) that minimize residual damage to the property. In our experience, while matching equipment is important, it is not the type of equipment, but rather the equipment operator that determines the amount of residual stand damage. This is something we work extremely hard to minimize.
At the completion of the harvest, we will complete any completion or wrap up projects as previously agreed to. This may include but is not limited to landing area removal, road removal, site leveling, water bars, berm management, etc. If your logging project is part of a larger project including site clearing and/leveling, we can assist with the next phase.
Throughout the operation, we encourage woodland owners to make frequent visits to your property while we are harvesting your timber or completing your operation. We want you to be comfortable with the operation and make sure we are following your wishes.
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Contact us today and learn why All Pro Able Tree & Timber has become the most reputable and reliable commercial logging service provider across the counties of Broome, Tioga, Chenango, Delaware, Steuben, Cortland, Onondaga, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and beyond!