Bringing Our Family Home
At Seneca, each individual harvest unit undergoes an extensive planning process prior to harvest to ensure compliance with the Forest Practices Act and Best Management Practices.
Harvest models analyze inventory data to develop a long-term plan that fits our sustainability goals. These plans are then “ground proofed” to make sure that unit selection fits Seneca current needs; then the true “TEAM WORK” begins.
Layout foresters mark the unit on the ground and in the field. The Silviculture foresters review the units to ensure the appropriate seed and seedlings are available to accommodate unit selection. The engineering department determines if an adequate transportation system exists to access units. In many cases, they work in conjunction with Seneca’s road crew to construct and maintain the needed transportation infrastructure. Access specialists review each unit and its haul route to ensure access permission is assured. Contract administrators work with the logging contractors to guarantee that the unit’s fiber source is properly utilized and cut to appropriate lengths for the destined mill.
The Contract administrator ensures that the appropriate number of wildlife trees, snags and down logs are left in the unit to provide homes to birds and other small animals. Recent harvest areas are important and serve as a very significant food source for local wildlife and are important infrastructures in a thriving forest.
Once harvest is complete, the Silviculture foresters prepare the ground, replant, and the cycle of life begins again to develop a new renewable forest.