Pre-Harvest Planning

It is important for the landowner and the logging operator to understand that pre-harvest planning plays a significant role operational productivity as well as environmental protection. Proper planning of the timber harvest is critical to meeting the objectives of both the forest landowner as well as the logging operator in meeting the management requirement of the harvest, reducing the impact of the harvesting operation on the land, being economically feasible for the logging operator and for the protection of water quality.

Pre-planning the location of roads, loading areas, skid trails, stream crossings and streamside management zones is essential to protect the land and water resources.


Your local VDOF forest technician or forester can assist with pre-harvest planning.

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Additional Resources

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Tables For Measuring Timber
Tables For Measuring TimberP00058

Pocket card provides tables to assist in measuring and calculating timber volumes.

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Timber Sales
Timber SalesP00118

Brochure offers guidance to landowner’s considering selling the timber from their property, including planning for success, selling methods, forest law compliance, public forestry services, private forestry services, and timber sale contract provisions. Printed copies available.

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Virginia's Forestry Best Management Practices for Water Quality - Field Guide
Virginia’s Forestry Best Management Practices for Water Quality – Field GuideP00134

Technical field guide provides a convenient pocket instruction guide for timber harvesters to protect water quality when harvesting timber and comply with applicable laws. Printed copies available.

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Virginia's Forestry Best Management Practices for Water Quality - Technical Guide - Fifth Edition
Virginia’s Forestry Best Management Practices for Water Quality – Technical Guide – Fifth EditionP00104

Technical guide provides detailed instruction for timber harvesters to protect water quality when harvesting timber and comply with applicable laws. Printed copies available.

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Contact Us

Your local VDOF forest technician or forester can assist with pre-harvest planning. Contact your local VDOF staff.

For more information or questions, e-mail us or use our contact form.