Why Do I Need A Contract?

In order to manage for forest health and sustainability, woodland owners often need to enter into agreements with foresters, loggers, timber buyers and other forestry professionals.

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Contracts, in particular written contracts that outline these relationships, can help you avoid problems on your land–everything from a minor hassle to a costly mistake. Contracts may seem like they take time and money to arrange and negotiate, but they often save you time, money and heartache in the long run.

Consider this scenario: Imagine that you hire a logging crew to selectively thin a section of your woodland, and you tell them to be careful of soil compaction and wetland damage. But they end up driving all over your woodland with heavy machinery and tearing up sensitive wetland areas. If you signed a contract prior to the work being done, especially one that stated your expectations for sound forestry practices, you have legal leverage to ensure the contractor repairs any damage done to your woodland.

By going through the process of contract negotiations, both you and anyone you hire, buy from or sell to, will be able to put their expectations up front, before work begins. The health of your land, the financial security of your property and your own well-being can depend on contracts.

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