Prescribed Burning Just as with natural and human-ignited fires in the past, prescribed burning accomplishes many important ecological functions and landowner goals. It removes hazardous fuels and therefore the risk of intense fires. Many burns are conducted to restore and/or improve natural forest conditions and change the density of existing vegetation. Controlled burning also improves forage quality and quantity for wildlife and livestock, while reducing pest problems.

Boundary Line Maintenance Maintaining property lines and boundaries is one of the most often overlooked forms of protection from timber theft, trespass, and encroachment. The maintenance involves locating existing boundaries, identifying “old-evidence,” and fixing up the line. The many benefits of painting boundary lines include reducing landowner liability and improving timber management activities. It will also eliminate the need for an expensive boundary line survey in the future.

Tree Planting Tree and shrub planting programs can help reduce erosion, enhance wildlife habitat, improve local water quality and increase property values. Seedlings are available each spring for the planting of windbreaks, shelterbelts and/or the reforesting of marginal or fragile lands. Proper planning is critical to ensure a successful planting project. It is important to receive appropriate species mixtures depending upon the owner objectives and conditions of the planting site.

Herbicide Application A herbicide is a pesticide used to kill unwanted plants. Selective herbicides kill specific targets while leaving the desired crop unharmed.