We are pleased to announce that we are now also write "Forest Management Plans" (CAP 106 plans) through the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).
GREAT NEWS! On August 25th, 2016, the DNR rolled out a new cost share funding opportunity for people interested in obtaining a Woodland Stewardship Plan for their property. You can receive $300 towards the cost of your Plan. Click here for a list of local DNR forestry offices to find out more.
The Jack Pine Budworm has affected about 4500 acres in the Cass, northwest Morrison, northeast Todd, Wadena, Hubbard and Becker county areas in 2015. This is a 1300 percent increase from data collected in 2014, and suggests the beginning of a 3 to 4 year outbreak of this insect.
"Mortality during and after a jack pine budworm outbreak is variable, but in general, a significant number of co-dominant and dominant trees will start to die after a couple of years of noticeable defoliation. If a stand is near rotation age and has undergone defoliation, it would be wise to regenerate that stand to minimize losses."
MN DNR http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fid/aug2015/articles.html
If you have mature Jack pines in the affected areas, this would be a good time to consider a timber harvest of these trees. Call us to set up an appointment to assess your situation.