Carry out a Timber Harvest or Thinning Project

Thinnings and timber harvests are an important part of forest management. Removing trees can help to foster new growth, diversify your forest, attract wildlife, improve recreational opportunities, and minimize the potential for storm and pest damage. A well planned harvest can also bring in additional income to you. Tree removal projects will often require the assistance of both foresters and loggers. Most often you will develop a harvest or thinning plan with a consulting forester, and a logger or logging company will physically cut and remove the trees. In some cases, a DNR or other public forester may assist you with applying for cost-share assistance or coordinating with a cut on neighboring public lands. 

Working with a forester you trust will ensure that you are comfortable with the harvest plan and practices to be carried out. A forester will also be able to assist you throughout any bidding and sales processes. In many cases, your forester will have a network of loggers they are accustomed to working with, but it is important that you are comfortable with the logger as well. Logger education programs and Master Logger certifications can help you choose a logger who is knowledgeable in best practices. The Minnesota Logger Education Program (MLEP) works with partners to provide loggers with training in sustainable forest management, transportation, safety and business management. Master Loggers take an extra step of certification and have their work reviewed and verified by an independent board.

Minnesota

Call Before you Cut

Call Before you Cut is a NEW service of Minnesota DNR and Minnesota Forestry Association for the benefit of Minnesota's family woodland owners. 20 acres of woodland is needed to qualify for this FREE program. The Call Before you Cut Hotline can provide you

  1. A list of professional foresters and loggers,

  2. A landowner manual,

  3. A sample timber harvest contract,

  4. and more!

Call them at 218-879-5100 or visit minnesotaforestry.org/minnesota-call-before-you-cut 

MLEP and Master Logger has a comprehensive directory of certified loggers. Click the MLEP Directory below for a full list. For Wisconin's Master Logger list, please visit WIMLC Directory below. 

Native Resource Preservation

(320) 752-4338

info@NativeResourcePreservation.com 

www.nativeresourcepreservation.com

2325 290th Street

Madison, Mn 56256

Specialties: Light on the Land Practices, Forestry Mowing, Invasive Species, Wildlife Openings, Desirable Species Release, Seedling Protection & Tree Plantings, Riparian Restoration, Selective Thinning, Core Sampling

Itasca Woodland Services Inc

Stan Grossman

Counties: Pine, Carlton, Kanabec, Aitkin, Mille Lacs, North Isanti

(218) 252-8572

iws@wcta.net

3015 S. Hwy. 169

Grand Rapids, MN 55744 

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer, NRCS TSP, ATFS Inspector, MFA Board Member

Specialties: General Forestry, Timber Harvests, Forest Inventory, Damage & Trespass Appraisal, Wildlife Habitat, Recreational Planning & Management, Cover Type Management

Bruce Schoenberg

Counties: Pine, Carlton, Itasca, Kanabec, Aitkin, South St. Louis 

(218) 451-0444

bruceski@frontier.com

5844 Eagle Lane

Cromwell, MN 55726

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer, ATFS Inspector, MACF Forester, SAF Certified Forester

Specialties: General Forestry, Timber Harvests, Forest Inventory, Recreational Planning & Management, Cover Type Management

Bertschi Forestry

Bud Bertschi

(218) 820-9640

budbert@brainerd.net

1722 South 7th St

Brainerd, MN 56401

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer, ATFS Inspector, SFEC Certified Plan Writer

Specialties: General Forestry, Timber Harvests, Forest Inventory, Timber Stand Improvement & Tree Plantings, Recreational Planning & Management, Cover Type Management

Sappi

Corey Verdegan

Procurement Forester

(218)-269-9192

corey.verdegan@sappi.com

https://www.sappi.com/sappi-lake-states-forestry

20 North 22nd Street

Cloquet, MN  55720

Wisconsin

Kildow Forestry - Brad Kildow

Counties: Burnett, Douglas, Sawyer, Washburn

(715) 416-1595

kildowforestry@gmail.com

W8314 Fox Road
Spooner, WI  54801

Qualifications: Managed Forest Law Approved Plan Writer

Services: Forest management plans, forest inventory and mapping, timber stand improvement marking or labor

Reyco Forest Management - Bill Reynolds

Counties: Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Polk, Pierce, St. Croix, Washburn, Sawyer

(715) 479-7906

reycoforestry@gmail.com

3005 Pine Island Lake
Eagle River, WI  54521

Qualifications: Managed Forest Law Approved Plan Writer

Services: Timber sale setup, bidding and administration, timber stand improvement marking or labor, pine thinning

Burke Land Management LLC - Chris Burke

Counties: Barron, Bayfield, Burnette, Douglas, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix, Sawyer, Washburn

(715) 939-2656

chris@burkelandmanagement.com

https://burkelandmanagement.com/

PO Box 680
Spooner, WI  54801

Qualifications: Managed Forest Law Approved Plan Writer, NRCS technical service provider

Services: WI Stewardship plans, real estate broker, timber appraisals 

Pine Curve Consulting Forestry LLC - Matt Schultz

Counties: Bayfield, Sawyer

(715) 492-4130

sciencebasedforests@live.com

http://www.pinecurveforestry.com/

PO Box 126
Butternut, WI  54514

Qualifications: Managed Forest Law Approved Plan Writer, NRCS technical service provider

Services: WI Stewardship plans, CAP 106 forest management plans, timber sale setup, timber stand improvement marking or labor, logging engineering

Brian DeByl

Counties: Barron, Bayfield, Polk, Sawyer, Washburn

(715) 820-3824

brian.debyl@yahoo.com

N12698 State Hwy 13
Fifield, WI  54524

Qualifications: Managed Forest Law Approved Plan Writer

Services: WI Stewardship plans, timber sale setup, bidding and administration, forest inventory mapping, appraisals, timber stand improvement marking or labor, logging engineering

Allen Forestry- Brian Allen

Counties: Douglas, WI and Carlton, MN

(218) 724-8799

allen.forestry2@gmail.com

1925 Vermilion Road
Duluth, MN  55803

Qualifications: Managed Forest Law Approved Plan Writer, SAF Certified, Qualified Tree Farm Inspector

Services: Stewardship plans, timber sale setup, bidding and administration, forest inventory mapping, appraisals, timber stand improvement marking or labor, GIS services