Placer County French Meadows Restoration Project

Placer County French Meadows Restoration Project

We developed forest restoration treatment alternatives and cost analysis for the Tahoe National Forest lands in the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the American River in Placer County, California.

Forest Planning and Timber Harvest Scheduling Modeling for Multiple Private Sector Clients

Forest Planning and Timber Harvest Scheduling Modeling for Multiple Private Sector Clients

Forest Planning Projects and Timber Harvest Modeling MB&G has completed numerous large-scale forest planning projects that incorporate harvest modeling or sustainable yield analysis for public agencies, private clients, and tribal organizations. Over the past 15 years, we have built over 100 timber harvest scheduling models in support of long-term forest management planning and/or appraisal purposes covering over 45 million acres. Each modeling effort is unique, reflecting the analytical objectives of the assignment, the form of the available data, and the time and budget available. Most of these properties are in the West, although we support other forested US regions, as well as South America. Inventory data ranges from complete stand-based inventories to much detailed and summarized data. We recognize that collecting inventory data is costly, and we make as much use of the available data as we can. Where inventory data are not detailed, we are careful not to attribute more precision or specificity than can be supported by the underlying data. Remsoft Expertise Most of our forest planning models are linear programming models and we currently use Woodstock — a commercial linear programming harvest scheduling model published by Remsoft (www.remsoft.com). We find that formulating a problem in terms of objectives and constraints is a natural approach to forest management problems and lends itself to creating and evaluating alternatives. We also have the capability to build heuristic planning models. News CategoriesNews & Events Presentations Project CategoriesForestry Projects Forest Managment Forest Planning Biometrics & Modeling Appraisals Investment Management Due Diligence Forest Economics International Projects Environmental Projects Botanical Resources Wildlife Resources Fish & Aquatic Resources Wetlands Water Quality Restoration Permitting Construction Support Geospatial...
Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Forest Planning

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Forest Planning

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Sustained Yield Calculation and Habitat Conservation Plan Support MB&G developed a timber harvest scheduling model and performed a sustained yield calculation for the the  700,000+ state forest trust acres managed byMontana DNRC. MB&G then enhanced that model and performed the forest management modeling to support the DNRC’s effort to develop a habitat conservation plan, which was completed in 2010. Some years prior, the agency had completed a planning process that established objectives and management guidelines, but had not yet made a harvest calculation. We worked closely with DNRC’s silviculturalist, inventory forester, and fish and wildlife biologists to complete that work. DNRC had an extensive stand-level inventory – polygons delineated and typed across a wide variety of characteristics. We developed a variety of management regimes for each type, ranging from high-intensity even-aged regimes (plant, PCT, CT, final harvest) to low-intensity uneven-aged regimes designed to create a more complex forest structure. Several regimes were designed to create and maintain old-growth characteristics, or conditions for specific wildlife habitats such as lynx denning habitat, elk winter range, riparian areas, etc. Using data layers provided by DNRC, MB&G prepared all of the GIS layers needed to represent the land base in the forest management model. There were about 15 layers that were important in various parts of the modeling effort. We helped DNRC select and calibrate a growth model to meet expectations and observations. MB&G built a timber harvest scheduling model using the USFS Spectrum program. The linear programming-based model used an extensive set of constraints to represent a wide variety of management objectives and regulatory constraints....

Tillamook County Timberland Appraisals

Tillamook County Timberland Properties The Appraisal Services Group at MB&G provided market valuations for 11 scattered timberland properties located in the Coast Range of Tillamook County. The appraisals were completed to assist in the possible sale of these public properties. At the request of the client, MB&G also designed and managed a timber cruise covering all 11 properties. This geographic region presents valuation challenges such as landslide areas which sometimes restricts harvest opportunities. In these instances, economic uses such as recreation and conservation were explored as possible uses for these parcels. The appraisal project also required consideration of the unique amenity of over 1,000 feet of river frontage. News CategoriesNews & Events Presentations Project CategoriesForestry Projects Forest Managment Forest Planning Biometrics & Modeling Appraisals Investment Management Due Diligence Forest Economics International Projects Environmental Projects Botanical Resources Wildlife Resources Fish & Aquatic Resources Wetlands Water Quality Restoration Permitting Construction Support Geospatial Projects Data Management Data Development GIS Analysis & Modeling Remote Sensing Cartography & Mapping Geospatial Software...

Clagstone Meadows and Cape Horn Conservation Easement Appraisal

Clagstone Meadows and Cape Horn Conservation Easement Appraisal  This project is one of several recent conservation easement appraisals completed by MB&G. Trust for Public Land retained MB&G to perform a market valuation of 14,400 acres of forestland consisting of two distinct properties in Northern Idaho. The Clagstone Meadows property totals 13,169 acres and is the largest contiguous tract of privately-owned land in Bonner County, consisting of a combination of natural forest cover, open meadows, wetlands and lakes. The Cape Horn tract totals 1,263 acres and is located along Lake Pend Oreille, providing spectacular sweeping views of the lake and distant mountains. This area of Northern Idaho has been experiencing rapid growth in recent decades. With the scenic views, year-round recreational amenities, high-density zoning, and the availability of nearby services in the towns of Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint, quality appraisal work was in order. A large-scale planned unit development was approved for the Clagstone Meadows property. The plan called for a resort community with approximately 1,100 residential units, two private golf courses, and other commercial uses. MB&G provided a market valuation of these highly developable properties, both before and after the imposition of a perpetual conservation easement. The appraisal underwent a thorough review and was approved by the U.S. Forest Service. The final conclusions provided the basis for a successful easement acquisition. The conservation easement will prohibit future subdivision or development of the Clagstone Meadows and Cape Horn properties and grants public access for recreational activities in perpetuity. These properties will continue to be working forests, supporting the local forest products industry. Learn more about this project at the Trust for Public Land. News...