Forest Management for Small Landowners

These chapters were written by Bryon W. Loucks, retired forester and small forest landowner, who wanted to share his 50 years of experience with other small forest landowners who are interested in learning more about managing their forest land.  They are focused on management of Douglas-fir in western Washington, but many of the chapters contain information that is useful with other species and in other locations.  If you have questions or want to make comments, he can be contacted at

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Tree Growth

Chapter 3 - Soils

Chapter 4 - Site Preparation

Chapter 5 - Planting

Chapter 6 - Tree Improvement Programs

Chapter 7 - Land Exams

Chapter 8 - Disease & Insect Damage

Chapter 9 - Plant Competition

Chapter 10 - Wildlife Issues

Chapter 11 - Thinning

Chapter 12 - Marketing & Final Harvest Options

Chapter 13 - Growing Douglas Fir

Chapter 14 - Growing Alder

Chapter 15 - Growing Westesrn Redcedar


Appendix: Samples of Contracts.  Word versions are provided so you can modify them for your own use.    

Timber Sale - Call for BidsTimber Sale - Call for Bids - Word Version
Timber Sale ContractTimber Sale Contract - Word Version
Timber Sale ProspectusTimber Sale Prospectus - Word Version
Service Contract - LongService Contract - Long - Word Version
Service Contract - ShortService Contract - Short - Word Version
Harvest Contract with Consulting ForesterHarvest Contract with Consulting Forester - Word Version
Harvest Contract with LoggerHarvest Contract with Logger -Word Version