Woodlot Management

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Many rural homeowners have forested areas on their land that require harvesting. Cutting operations vary, from clearing the land entirely to removing only selected wood for fenceposts or building materials.

Heavy equipment and stacks of logs will compact soils and lead to increased runoff. Harvesting can disturb and expose soils, leading to a greater chance of erosion. Streambanks may be disturbed and become unstable, and fish and wildlife habitat can be seriously impacted.

The following practices can prevent or minimize damage from logging.

NOTE: Pesticide application, road building and streambank disturbance may require a Forest Practices permit from the Department of Natural Resources.

For information and help: Contact the Department of Natural Resources regional office nearest you for specific requirements.

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