Ashtabula River


“How to Sell Timber” by the ODNR Division of Forestry, Service Forestry Program

           ODNR Service Foresters covering private lands in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Portage, Summit, and Trumbull Counties for the Division of Forestry will be conducting a Timber Marketing class on Friday, December 11th.  Classes will run from 1 PM to 4 PM.  The class does provide credit toward the Ohio Forest Tax Law training requirements.  There is no cost to participate.

           Selling timber correctly is a very misunderstood process and it is seldom done correctly without proper guidance.  Division of Forestry, Service Foresters are available to review and assess your timber resources and guide you on how to meet your timber and wildlife enhancement goals for your property.   If you participate in the Ohio Forest Tax Law program, you should always call our office before you sign any agreement to cut trees.

 The class will commence at the Chalet at Punderson State Park at 1:00 PM.  Dress for the weather.  

 To register for the class call 440-564-5883 from 8 to 4:30 Monday through Friday.  Watch for further announcements for dates and times in your local advertisers and periodicals.

 UpComing Class Scheduled; Date      Instructor

                                       12-11     Kash         

                                        2-18     Kehn

                                       1-15       Kash

                                       1-29       Kehn

                                       2-12       Kash

                                       2-26       Kehn

                                       3-11       Kash

                                       3-25       Kehn




       10 Reasons to Call   
         Before You Cut


       10. Learn if harvesting is right for you and your woods


 9. Harvest the proper trees


       8. Receive expert advice from a professional forester


  7. Save $$$ on taxes


6. Find the best logger for the job


     5. Develop a harvest contract to protect you and your forest


   4. Assure a healthy and diverse forest for the future


 3. Protect your soil and water resources; know your legal responsibilities


 2. Maximize profit from your timber harvest


          1. Ensure your overall satisfaction with the harvest

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Ohio Timber Harvest Planning Program

Timber Harvest Plans

Woodland owners in Ohio may/may not be familiar with Ohio’s Agricultural Pollution Abatement (APA) Law. They also may/may not be familiar with silvicultural operation and management (O&M) plans, now called "Timber Harvest Plans" (THP) and the filing of those plans with the local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). Well, if you’re a landowner who is contemplating or currently involved in a timber harvest…read further!

The APA law, adopted in 1979 by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Soil and Water Conservation (DSWC), addresses the control of pollutants from areas being used for agricultural production or silvicultural (e.g. logging) operations. The intent of the APA law is to abate pollution of "waters of the state" by sediment and animal waste from farming and sediment from silvicultural operations.

So if you are a woodland owner with an on-going timber harvest or if you are contemplating doing a harvest, one rule in the APA law you should be familiar with is 1501-15-5-12, which speaks to "Erosion from Silvicultural Operations". To paraphrase, this rule states that in order to abate pollution of waters of the state, the owner, operator, or person responsible for silvicultural operations (e.g. logging) shall apply conservation practices and follow an approved O&M plan in accordance with the "BMPs for Erosion Control for Logging Practices in Ohio" handbook. Further, the O&M plan may be filed with the SWCD in the county where the operations are to take place.

What is an O&M plan? Under the APA law, an O&M plan is a written record, developed or approved by the SWCD board of supervisors for the owner or operator of agricultural land that contains implementation schedules and operational procedures for a level of management and best management practices which will abate the degradation of the waters of the state by soil sediment.

Under the APA law, the filing of the O&M plan is voluntary, it is not required, and there are benefits for filing! If the SWCD determines that any person owning or responsible for a silvicultural operation is managing such operation in accordance with an operation & management plan currently approved by the SWCD, the person shall be considered in compliance with the state rules for agricultural pollution abatement. In a private civil action for nuisances involving agricultural pollution, it is an affirmative defense if the person owning, operating or otherwise responsible is operating under and in substantial compliance with an approved operation and management plan.

So to summarize, a woodland owner who files an O&M plan prior to conducting a timber harvest, has the plan approved by the SWCD board and then implements and follows the plan, secures some protection for themselves. Protection in the event a pollution complaint is filed against them alleging pollution of waters of the state and an affirmative defense in the event someone would bring a nuisance suit against them in civil court.

This provision regarding filing of O&M plans has existed as long as the APA law has been in effect.

However, despite these significant benefits to landowners and loggers, very few O&M plans are filed each year with Ohio’s SWCDs. The ODNR-DSWC has recently made significant changes to the O & M process and the forms that are used. The old O & M forms have been replaced with a more detailed planning tool called a Timber Harvest Plan. The new THP provides the same benefits, which the "old" Silvicultural O&M plan, provided.

The DSWC has also developed a Timber Harvest Notice of Intent (NOI). The NOI contains very basic information about the logging operation. Most importantly, the names of all parties involved in the operation, their addresses and phone numbers as well as the dates the harvest is scheduled to begin and end. Unlike the Timber Harvest Plan, the NOI does not provide affirmative defense and does not require SWCD Board approval but it is clearly a proactive step to take when more detailed planning cannot be done prior to harvest. These plans may be developed by the landowner, logger or forester, but ideally should be developed jointly. Although Ohio does not require notification before timber harvests like some other states, keeping the SWCD involved can open the door to free technical assistance that can help keep the site in compliance with the APA law and reduce the risk of complaints.

The new Timber Harvest Plan and Notice of Intent forms are now available.