Beneath the surface of Appalachian forests’ green is the lesser known story of widespread forest degradation. Upon the hundreds of properties and tens of thousands of acres EcoForesters’ staff has visited throughout the region, more often than not the forest is greatly diminished from past clear-cuts, repeated high-grading, invasive species infestations, eroded soils, fire suppression, and other past unsustainable forest management practices. Much of the forests that regional conservation groups spend millions of dollars to protect are in a degraded state, significantly at risk to future threats, and in desperate need of proactive stewardship. This is largely an untold story of our forests and telling this story is part of EcoForesters’ educational mission.
General consulting covers a broad category of services from reviewing a pre-existing forest management plan, to providing expert advice on timber management, to walking with a landowner through the woods and discussing the forest ecology and stewardship options.
Forest restoration is a broad category of forest management by which a landowner seeks to restore forest health and vitality which has been compromised by past management abuses. While this work can sometimes be done in a manner that provides a profit to the landowner, restoration work often comes at a cost.
EcoForestsers is equipped with a powerful suite of mapping software as well as expertise in geospatial analysis. Most of our services include high quality maps, and many also include some type of in-depth analysis. We use the latest airborne and satellite data available to support our management considerations.