Develop a baseline map and mark property boundaries
for forest work
This web article explains
how landowners and foresters can use maps and a walk in the woods
to create an important forest management document - the baseline
map. This map guides future timber harvesting activities.
A baseline map is as important as the timber harvest contract.
It shows the boundaries of the property, the boundaries of the
timber harvest, and other features that make a good timber harvest
possible. These maps are used by the forester, the logging crew,
code enforcement officials, forest owners, and realtors who are
buying or selling the property.
Many forest owners
create a baseline map with a copy of the legal survey. On it,
they mark stream courses, major landmarks, and location of woodland
edges and roadways. If you are not sure how to do this, or doubt
you ability to do it accurately, a consulting forester can help
you develop a baseline map for forest management.
|Click on the map to see what
should be marked.
Mark forest boundaries
Most property boundaries in forests are obscure. Your forest boundaries
should be clearly marked with a combination of ownership signs,
posted signs, flagging, and fencing, where appropriate. If forest
property boundaries are made clear, the crime of timber theft
is both more pronounced and easier to prosecute.
Obtain current survey
or deed description
Surveys and deed documents will include a legal description of
property boundaries. Use them to locate benchmarks, such as iron
pins and roads. Sometimes, the deed or survey will use natural
features, such as a woodland edge or ravine to express property
Walk the boundaries
in the forest
Each season, make a habit of walking or driving an ATV along your
forested property boundaries. Make a written or photographic record
of significant landmarks or areas in question. It is easier to
see property boundary trends when the foliage is off the trees.
neighboring property owners to double check and agree to property
As a good will gesture and to indicate your earnestness about
protecting your assets, invite a neighboring property owner to
walk with you and agree to the position of the property boundary.
If any areas are in question, hire a professional survey crew
to set the property line. Mark the line with flagging or paint
only after it is agreed upon or defined by a professional survey.
Too often, adjacent property owners play boundary tag, removing
and posting boundary limits when the other is not around.