Markit!'s Approach to Forest Health Restoration
A healthy forest is a fire resilient forest. Forest health projects create conditions in which native plant and tree species, as well as wildlife, can flourish.
Forest health projects include:
- Thinning overstocked tree stands.
- Reducing hazardous fuels.
- Clearing vegetation and trees to create shaded fuel breaks.
- Removing non-native plant and tree species.
- Removing insect-infested trees and plants.
- Applying recommended and approved pesticides and herbicides.
Markit! implements forest health projects using a combination of mechanical and handwork operations. Markit!'s foresters work both on their own and with Federal, State and Local foresters to assess forest health needs and write appropriate prescriptions to promote forest health.
With each agreed forest health prescription, Markit! will apply its resources as follows:
- Large-scale forestry equipment that can quickly and efficiently remove large stands of diseased or dead trees.
- Small-scale forestry equipment that can more easily maneuver in tight quarters and selectively remove or thin undesirable trees and understory.
- Sawyers working with chainsaws on terrain beyond the reach of forestry equipment.
- Registered and licensed personnel to apply approved pesticides and herbicides.
Your Partner in Watershed Management
Markit! has treated thousands of acres within watersheds resulting in a positive impact to the water quality of tens of thousands of acres.
Forest restoration and resiliency is critical to protecting western water supply. Markit! is actively working to protect the headwaters that supply millions of Westerners with clean water through innovative forest restoration practices (e.g., Helicopter Logging, Steep Slope Treatments, and Low-Impact Equipment).
Given the long-lasting drought conditions and increased number of large-scale catastrophic wildfires in the West, it is essential that we ensure clean water through proactive watershed protection. All of Markit!'s projects related to fuels reductions are synonymous with increased forest health, wildlife habitat improvement, and watershed protection.
Markit! is a leader in sustainable forest management across the southwest United States.
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