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Timber Marking
Often times a cutter operator is under a great deal of pressure from the logging foreman to keep trees cut down ahead of the waiting skidder. This pressure can cause bad tree selection by the tree cutter since his main focus is keeping up the production for his logging crew.  
An alternative to operator select cutting a tract is marking the trees ahead of the logging crew.  Timber marking has definite advantages over operator select cuts.  Canebrake Forestry will have one of our Registered Foresters actually selecting individual trees with a tree marking paint to either be left for further growth or marked due to it being an inferior tree.  This process is carried out before the logging crew ever arrives on site. Marking gives the landowner a chance to look at the stand before harvesting begins to see if any changes are needed. A good timber marking job is going to improve the health of your residual stand and increase your rate of return.  Below are some instances where a marking may be beneficial.

1st Thinning Timber Marking:

This process is most commonly used in unthinned pine plantations between 13 and 20 years of age.  Timber marking at this stage can really pay off in the long run.  A Registered Forester goes out and selects the superior trees to leave at the desired density you both agree on.  If you allow an operator to choose and end up with a poor finished product after the first thinning, you are left with two choices.  One, clear cut and start over.  Two, ride it out with your inferior residual trees and hope they grow into more desirable trees.  

2nd Thinning Timber Marking & Mid-Rotation Thinning Marking:

In this process, the stands have been thinned before but have grown to reach carrying capacity for this specific site.  This marking is often done to remove the suppressed trees and less desired products to make way for diameter and crown growth in the remaining crop trees. Often times, selectively removing trees at this point will cause the residual trees to go through a product change from a less desired product into a more preferred product (ex: chip-n-saw to sawtimber).  It is vital to have a Registered Forester to mark these stands due to the potential value of the trees.  You do not want the higher valued products removed before their prime, you just want to remove the inferior trees in this thinning.  

Regeneration Markings:

This method can be done in either pine or hardwood stands.  Generally, marking in hardwood stands is done based of species desirability.  Trees are individually selected based off their seed production potential.  In both pine and hardwood stands, a few trees per acre are marked to remain as a seed source to naturally regenerate the area.  Regeneration markings are done to give the landowner an alternative reforestation method to site preparation and traditional reforestation practices.

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