Get paid to grow your forest...How does that work?

on September 11, 2016

No this isn't a grant program or some government subsidy. Growing a healthy forest and generating income from logging is actually the way we describe good forestry practice at WoodsCamp.

Forested land is precious. We are blessed to live amongst a resilient and dynamic ecosystem that has the capacity to grow into a towering forest canopy. It is also an environment that is subject to frequent low intensity disturbance like a windstorm blowing down a group of trees that leaves the forest naturally patchy. The resulting forest structure is very diverse and often hosts multiple ages of trees growing together. When one mature tree dies out of the canopy, a younger one is already there to take its place.

This pattern also happens to be very useful for growing quality timber. Trees growing in small gaps shaded by a more mature canopy will be straighter and have fewer branches – both traits leading to more clear and higher value lumber. Shade on the forest floor also keeps competing vegetation in check and promotes regeneration of long-lived tree species that have the ability to mature into a tall canopy for the next generation. This structure makes it possible to cut timber while always maintaining a full stocking of trees for the future. In this kind of forest you can earn revenue from the land on a regular interval, forever.

Imagine managing your forest like an investment portfolio that can offer you regular dividends while increasing in value over time. Sure there is risk that you may lose sometimes, but a diverse and well-managed portfolio can earn a good return over time.

At WoodsCamp we joke that the timber harvested is the by-product of our work. The quality and health of the forest we leave behind is really seen as the primary product we offer landowners. By using methods of thinning, selection cutting, patch cuts, and shelterwood cuts that mimic the patterns of how trees die naturally, we are making it possible for landowners to access income from their woodlot while still fostering the conditions that promote the best quality forest on that property. This way of managing your forest makes it possible to get paid to grow value in your forest.

Request a report below to see what this would look like on your land.

Get Paid to Grow your Forest



Will Martin

Author: Will Martin