Restorative forestry has been found to increase the amount of high quality commercial timber taken from a given site over time. Crop tree management focuses on releasing individual, selected trees to maximize their growth by removing nearby diseased and damaged trees. Research conducted on hardwoods in West Virginia (Perkey, Wikins, and Smith, USDA Forest Service, January 1994) indicates that a crop tree “free to grow” may increase in diamter 2-3 times more rapidly than unmanaged stands.
Our harvest techniques can provide income to the landowner every 10-20 years. It is an ongoing management system rather than total clearcut harvest rotation every 75 years.