Read through our extensive
list of services and see why Black Fox is the most complete
timber management company around. We stand
by the work we do.
"Thin from within" Timber
marking is an art. It takes a keen eye to visualize
how a stand of timber will look after selective
harvesting. Our timber marking crew has covered
over 50,000 acres in the last 10 years, and have
marked 250,000 MBD of timber and counting. Black
Fox's crew is adept at all types of silviculture
prescrptions and with a little paint, can help guide
your forest to its maximum growth potential. Our
goal is to improve stand health in preparation of
continued harvesting for years to come.
Inventory is an important
part of timber land ownership. It is the foundation
upon which major decisions rest. Your database needs
to represent your land honestly and accurately.
Our inventory department staffs between 6 to 12
cruisers year round. We do not subcontract large
projects, so clients can be confident that they
will be working with the same people year after
year. By combining old-school experience with the
latest field data collection technologies, we have
reduced turn around from months to days. Our devotion
to accuracy and integrity is second to none. Whether
your project is 10 plots or 10,000 plots, you can
trust that we will deliver quality information regardless
of time constraints.
Protecting wildlife is an
important part of forestry, especially in California.
Keeping current, accurate information on the location
and habits of wildlife on your property can be one
of the most complicated aspects of timberland management.
Since 2011 Black Fox Timber Management Group, Inc. has
successfully completed large wildlife survey
contracts for multiple land owners. Black Fox has
conducted over 8,000 Northern Spotted Owl (NSO)
station visits and many Activity Center Searches.
The Black Fox Team has a fully equipped
fleet of trucks, ATVs, and snowmobiles to gain access
to the most rugged and remote areas. We also employ
a full-time mechanic to service our vehicles, so
there is little to no downtime due to equipment
failure. We use the latest in radio communications,
GPS, and digital callers to increase the reliability
of the information and to make sure that surveys
are conducted as safely as possible. Black Fox has
the staff, equipment, and experience to handle any
size project with the highest level of professionalism.
You can be confident that your company is making
the best decisions for the future of its timberlands
and the wildlife living within them.
Our professional team works
with property owners and investors to maximize the
value and potential growth of their timberland.
Black Fox understands that every ownership is unique
and there is no universal approach to land management.
We utilize our comprehensive range of services to
design a custom plan that meets our client's long
term goals. Black Fox can provide our clients with
budgeting and financial forecasting reports, oversee
timber harvest planning, log sales, and logging
administration. Whether it's a one-time project or a relationship spanning years, we have the resources in addition to our skilled expertise that allow us to execute and implement a management plan tailored to your forested land.
Tree Mortality Programs
If you live anywhere near
a pine tree, you've probabily heard of the Bark
Beetle. Over 9 million trees have died in California
alone due to these pests. What you may not know
is there are over 600 different Bark Beetles that
attack almost every tree species in the U.S. Black
Fox works closely with multiple agencies to mitigate
trees that threaten our infrastructure. We also
help to educate the public on the causes and potential
solutions to this widespread epidemic.
Forestry Technicians Training Program
Along with everything else,
Black Fox is also a school! We have created the
most sucessful and only private forestry technician training program
on the west coast. Hosted through our local community
college, this program offers comprehensive classroom
and field experience which gives every student a
leg up in this growing industry. With a 100% job
placement record, Black Fox can teach you the skills
needed to become the future of forestry.
Timber Harvest Plans
In order to harvest trees on private or commercial land, California requires that a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) must prepare a document which outlines the proposed logging operations, known as a Timber Harvest Plan (THP). We employ a team of RPFs and foresters to prepare these documents properly. Black Fox works closely with CALFIRE and other agencies to make sure your plan is approved the first time.
The state allows less than three
acres of your land to be converted from natural
forest to non-forested under special exemption.
We can help guide you through the process and file
the correct paperwork so you can harvest your wood
and develop the land the way you want.
Caring for forests doesn’t just mean places where we camp and fish. Cities and neighborhoods have diverse ecosystems of plants and trees that share space with our roads, structures and public utilities. Black Fox is uniquely adept at creating and implementing long term management strategies to lower fire risk, maintain forest health, and increase beautification where we work and live.
In the wake of natural
disasters such as wildfires, it is crucial to
implement an aggressive reforestation strategy
to get your land back to what it does best...
growing trees. Our reforestation specialists
have the skills and certifications to implement
a planting schedule that maximizes the survival
of your new trees. The best laid plans start
with a seed.
Geographic Information Systems
We utilize ArcGIS software to run spatial analysis for our clients. We can build, manipulate, and update GIS databases for various types of management practices. Black Fox's GIS services include map preparation for enviromental documents, harvest unit layout, inventory cruise projects, wildlife surveys, and botanical surveys. We provide the service of collecting and editing geospatial data, creating statistical summaries and reports, maintaining metadata documentation, and creating high quality cartographic products for our clients.
Black Fox has an Archeologist on staff to survey, identify, catalogue, and protect any historically significant areas on your property. We have the ability to research your property’s history for historic and prehistoric sites. We will help you to protect and preserve the past to be studied far into the future.