Planted Loblolly pine stands are generally ready to be thinned
for the first time between the ages of 14-17. Natural stands of
Loblolly pine may be ready then as well, however, due to excessive
natural regeneration, they are usually ready for a thinning a
little later between 17 and 20 years of age. Thinning is perhaps
the single, most important silvicultural tool that one can employ
to significantly improve one's pine forest. Thinning greatly increases
the growth rates of the residual trees by removal of the smallest,
diseased, and defective trees that are currently competing with
the better trees for sunlight, moisture and nutrients. Removing
the undesirable trees gives the residual trees more "room
to grow." No longer under stress the residuals are far less
susceptible to attacks by Southern Pine Bark Beetles. More sunlight
reaches the forest floor after thinnings allowing for abundant
vegetative growth increasing the supply of food & cover for
all types of wildlife. Last, but not least, thinning is an income
producing venture for the landowner!
MOTT & SHAY, PLLC, CONSULTING FORESTERS has helped hundreds
of landowners like you conduct highly effective and profitable
thinnings on thousands of acres across North Carolina & Virginia.
Here's what we do: We identify the areas that need thinning and
delineate them on the ground. We then advertise your thinning
for "sealed-bids" requiring the bidders to state what
"price-per-ton" they will pay for pine pulpwood, hardwood
pulpwood, etc. We help you to decide the best bid to accept, not
only based on prices but also based on who does the best work.
We assist with the closing and require the buyer to make a deposit
on the thinning. Once the thinning begins we monitor the thinning
operation very closely making certain they adhere to the contract.
We provide copies of the scaling tickets & settlement sheets
along with payments each week that the thinning is in progress
and make sure the loggers cleanup behind them and leave your forest
neat. Remember also that if the thinning is not being performed
as per agreement the landowner and/or Mott & Shay reserves
the right to cease the thinning operation at any time. That event
is extremely rare since we try to get you the best thinners in
the business and look after your thinning as if it were our own.
A second thinning may be in order 6-8 years following the first
thinning. Due to the fact that the trees left after the second
thinning are to be your final crop trees special care must be
made in the selection of the "leave-trees" and the thinning
crew. Whether it's your first or second thinning let Mott &
Shay help you to get achieve the best results!