Stewardship Policy
XV. Voluntary Guidelines for Timbering Operations


Yadkin has established a set of guidelines for timbering operations that occur on the Yadkin-Managed Lands adjacent to or near Project waters. These guidelines were developed to help minimize the potential impact of timbering operations on reservoir water quality and scenic resources. Yadkin requires that all contractors conducting timbering operations on Yadkin-Managed Lands adhere to its guidelines. Yadkin encourages all adjoining property owners to voluntarily follow the same guidelines in conducting timbering operations on their property.


Forest Management Objectives

  • To manage the forest resource, which includes pine, pine-hardwood, and hardwood timber stands for multiple use: watershed protection and wood and fiber production.
  • To practice sustainable forestry that integrates the reforestation, growing, nurturing and harvesting of trees for useful products with the conservation of soil, air, and water quality; wildlife and fish habitat; and scenic resources.
  • To use responsible practices on Yadkin-managed forest lands and promote among other forest landowners in the Yadkin watershed good forest practices that are both economically sound and environmentally responsible.
  • To manage and preserve lands of special significance (biologically, geologically, ecologically, or historically significant) in a manner that takes into account their unique qualities.


Specific Activities/Requirements

  • Reforest final harvest tracts within 18 months of harvest operation.
  • Plan and implement thinning harvest on a regular basis to sustain tree growth and provide wildlife openings and browse.
  • Extend rotation ages for pine plantations for 50–60 years with periodic thinnings starting at 17+ years and repeating every 7–10 years until final harvest. Selectively harvest hardwood stands on a 20+ -year harvest schedule.
  • Limit final harvest cutting area size to areas of less than 100 acres. Limit the majority of all cutting areas to 50 acres or less in size.

  • Maintain a 100-foot forested buffer between harvest areas and the reservoirs to protect water quality, provide wildlife corridors and preserve shoreline scenic resources.

  • Abide by all State and federal laws concerning performance standards in Forest Practice Guidelines related to Water Quality (15NCAC1J .0201-.0209) for erosion and sediment control related to logging operations and road construction.