I have always believed that sound stewardship of our forests were imperative to the future of our woodlands as well as to the upcoming generations. I have a sincere concern for both the property owners objectives and the health and sustainability of the environment and its forests. I strive for the proper balance between industry (supply and demand) and preservation (health, diversity, and regeneration) of the forest.
As an independent, private forest manager, I have not at all found it difficult to reconcile the demands of a timber company with the principle that the forester's first duty is to the forest and it's future. It is for this reason that I left "industry" several years ago, to become an independent forester. Sadly, I found that industry, for the most part, does not necessarily hold any regard for the forest or it's future, but only its immediate profit. I personally witnessed consistent disrespect for the forests and woodlots, in as, sound stewardship and conservation was normally not included. I did not agree with their approach to timber harvest as the ecological health and future of the forest as a whole was not taken into consideration, but only extracting specified product (species, size, grade) to feed their particular sawmill. While I am not saying all industry is this way, it has been my personal experience in the last 34 years that many are.
As an independent, private forest manager, with no ties or interest in a particular sawmill, I am able to offer the landowner the very best silvicutural practices and harvest methods for his or her particular forest or woodlot as well as giving them the best possible price for any wood product harvested. I am not dictated by "industry" as to what to remove, but what is in the best interest of the forest and its future.
I take pride in my profession! I take pride in sound stewardship of the forests and woodlots, in having a hand in preserving the future of a forest and at the same time meeting the objectives of a landowner and at times educating the landowner regarding the use of sustainable practices. We have a personal opportunity, however small, toward mitigating the climate change by encouraging conservation and preservation of our forests and woodlots by administrating sound forestry and sustainable forest management and at the same time supplying a raw material (from veneer to fuel), a raw material much in demand by our society. Because I have witnessed the ugliness that can come with the greed driven by profit, Greater Michigan Timber Management is all the more encouraged to strive for responsible forestry!
David & Valerie Zimmer
Buyers of standing timber and owners of Greater Michigan Timber Management, a Forest and Timber Management company located in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan.
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