Land Development for Retirement Planning 2013

This project became two jobs in one- shortly after Matt started working with these clients to help develop their 58-acre property in Franklin County, they purchased an additional 16 acres joining it and needed help developing that one as well. The landowners needed a homesite at the top of the mountain on the larger tract, where the best views are, and a driveway to get there. The site was entirely wooded, so Matt planned a timber harvest to clearcut the driveway route and eventual homesite and drainfield area, along with a selective harvest in other portions of the property. As the cutting progressed, the landowners decided to add an orchard and a shooting range, along with a loop trail around the property, so those were incorporated as well.

The smaller tract needed similar work; timber was cut there and the resulting views of Cahas Mountain really enhance the property value. With jobs like this, the excavation and cleanup work that occurs after the timber harvest is critical, and the ability to achieve a desired outcome results from properly planning both aspects of the project- the harvest first and the excavation second. Matt worked closely with the landowners, who are planning for their retirement home, to make sure his logging and excavation plans would compliment each other and attain the desired goals efficiently.

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  • Starting to clear the driveway
  • Driveway clearing continues
  • Driveway clearing continues
  • Driveway clearing continues
  • Driveway grading
  • Driveway grading
  • Rock on new driveway
  • Drainage culvert
  • Rock on new driveway
  • Up top at the new homesite
  • Homesite as it was being cleared
  • New orchard clearing
  • New orchard clearing with grass
  • Clearing begins on the 16 acres
  • Now we can see Cahas Mtn.!
  • Select cut area after grading
  • Select cut area after grading
  • The loading deck