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After-harvest survey can also be used before a harvest

The Maine Forest Service sends a “Harvest Satisfaction Survey” to every landowner who conducted a timber harvest during the prior year. Completing the survey is voluntary and can be done on-line or by filling out a printed form. The survey results are confidential and are used to alert the Maine Forest Service to areas for improving educational efforts.

The survey is also a useful checklist to use before a harvest starts. There are many aspects of a timber harvest that may come as a surprise to a woodland owner conducting a harvest for the first time. The size of the machines, the unpredictable schedules of the loggers, the neighbors’ reaction to the operation are just a few.

It may help landowners anticipate what’s ahead and make better decisions.

Several consulting foresters have pledged to work with landowners by using the survey as a pre-harvest checklist to improve communication with landowners and ultimately to improve harvest outcomes. They are Peter Klachany of Shapleigh, Jeffrey Williams of Hollis and Charlie Moreno of Center Strafford, NH.

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