Timber Harvesting Policy

Properties of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources of Purdue University

November 2002

Purpose: The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University promotes development and dissemination of knowledge and stewardship of Indiana 's natural resources. One way the department accomplishes this goal is by owning and managing properties located throughout the state to provide opportunities for research and education as well as sustainable use. A primary sustainable use is the harvesting of timber.

Purdue University 's forests are located throughout the state of Indiana to ensure that many of the forest regions are represented and available for long-term research and education opportunities. These forests provide continuous information on how forests change over time through the periodic collection of Continuous Forest Inventory (CFI) data. These data allow assessment of forest change in relation to succession, disturbance and disease.

The harvesting of timber can be used to mimic natural disturbances to change the size and age structure, plant species distribution, wildlife habitat, aesthetic appeal, and the future of the forest. It provides a tool for forest manipulation to allow research and education on forest change. The forest properties controlled by the Forestry and Natural Resources Department of Purdue University provide many of the conditions found throughout Indiana to provide an understanding of the sustainability of harvesting timber and its effects on forests over time.

Procedure to Harvest Timber on Departmental Properties:

Prior to harvesting any timber the following conditions must be met:

  1. The property must have a management plan. The management plan should indicate the purpose and general intensity of the proposed harvest.
  2. Grape vines should be controlled prior to harvesting unless otherwise stated in the management plan.
  3. The CFI must be present and have been completed within the last 4 years prior to harvesting unless another more comprehensive inventory system is in place.
  4. The Department's forester will supervise all marking and harvesting of timber.
  5. All income derived from timber sales will go to the Department's business office for accountability.
  6. When an act of nature such as a fire or front line wind severely impacts a Departmental forest, the previous conditions should be met as soon as practical but should not hinder the reasonable salvaging of salable timber.

All harvesting of timber must be conducted in accordance with best management practices including the proper location of log yards, main skid roads, and stream crossings. Following a timber harvest, post-harvest timber stand improvement must be completed in accordance with the management plan.

Questions regarding this policy should be directed to Don Carlson, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University .

Don Carlson 
6718 E. Winona Ave. 
Knox , IN 46534
Cell: 812-798-2764
Email: carlsode@purdue.edu​

Forestry and Natural Resources, 715 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2061 USA, (765) 494-3590

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