The Tuscarawas SWCD can provide technical assistance for landowners who desire to have their property logged. The SWCD can also provide technical assistance throughout the course of the logging project. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recommends that landowners/loggers fill out a "Timber Harvest Plan" Notice of Intent (NOI) form prior to any logging activity. The NOI is a notice to the SWCD that a logging project is to be conducted and details what erosion/sediment control measures will be used to minimize the effects of the logging upon the land. This is typically achieved by installing Best Management Practices (BMP).
BMPs are practical guidelines that can be used to lessen the environmental impact of forest management activities, such as the construction of roads, skid trails and log landings. Forestry BMPs are designed to be low cost, practical and easily applicable to all forestry operations. Tearing up the topsoil on the forest floor destroys its filtering action and compacting the soil affects surface water absorption.
The NOI can be obtained by either contacting the Tuscarawas SWCD office,v or by downloading the form from the ODNR website here.
Once the form is reviewed by SWCD staff the site will be inspected by SWCD technical staff during the course of the project.
This site was an example of proper BMPs applied during and after the logging operation was complete. Some of the practices installed include: water bars, temporary sediment barrier using straw bales, filter strips, and re-vegetated logging roads.
If more information is needed regarding a tree harvest, ODNR has a program for landowners called "Call Before You Cut". The "Call Before You Cut" campaign is coordinated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry, Rural Action, and Ohio State University Extension. Other primary sponsors of the program include the Ohio Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, the ODNR Division of Soil & Water Conservation, the Ohio Federation of Soil & Water Conservation Districts, The Ohio Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the Better Business Bureau, and the Ohio Tree Farm Committee. By working together this coalition of conservation partners is providing the best information available to woodland owners.
For more information, please click here: Call Before You Cut.