For a complete and proper reforestation process, Chesnut Forestry provides the following services:
Accurate GPS mapping of acreages to plant
Supervision and evaluation of Chemical Application
Coordination and supervision of Planting
Detailed Planting reports and summaries
Planning of Fire Breaks and Supervision of their Installation.
Follow-up inspections to determine mortality, and need for other treatments
Prescribed Burning and Smoke Management Plans
Any work necessary for the sign-up for-- and for meeting the the requirements of cost share programs.
Coordination and Supervision of Prescribed Burning
Planning and Supervision of all Mechanical Site- Preparation practices (if needed)
Site Preparation--what Chesnut Forestry will do...
Ordering of seedlings
THE FIRST TWO to five years of a newly regenerated stand is critically important. It is crucial that a new trees have room to grow--free from competition from weeds, grasses or other undesirable trees.
THE FIRST STEP of producing a new timbered stand is the Site Preparation. Typically, this involves the application of herbicides aerially by helicopter, but can involve spraying with tractors, skidders or even 4-wheelers.
Normally, a tract will lay "fallow" for one year, allowing weeds and undesirable species to sprout, so the herbicide can be most effective. On many sites, a spray which controls hardwood competition (some herbicide prescriptions come with two to three-year guarantees) will suffice, so long as a good burn can be performed afterward to control any pine regeneration. On other tracts with high residual or natural pine regeneration present, or on tracts where a burn is not possible, a "hotter" herbicide spray is necessary (and more expensive).
CHESNUT FORESTRY tries to get all tracts to spray and replant set up by the end of July. That gives us time to visit the tracts with the herbicide representative, in order to come up with the correct and guaranteed prescription, create maps, and get the spraying job lined up.
Spraying typically takes place in August through September, and A Chesnut Forestry Representative is with the spray crew on every tract they spray.
The first step is to get the proper Herbicide Prescription for the tract, and a combination of several different herbicides may be necessary to achieve desired results.
The property is usually sprayed with a helicopter. Smaller Tracts and pastures can be sprayed with tractor, skidder or a 4-Wheeler.