Luke Terry

Luke Terry opened Custom Forestry Applications LLC in Northeast Kansas with the goal of improving the management of woodland resources for landowners. From left to right are employees Brad Thomas, Blake Koelling, Luke Terry and Dustin Williams.

Luke Terry opened Custom Forestry Applications LLC in Northeast Kansas with the goal of improving the management of woodland resources for landowners. From left to right are employees Brad Thomas, Blake Koelling, Luke Terry and Dustin Williams.

Luke Terry opened Custom Forestry Applications LLC in Northeast Kansas with the goal of improving the management of woodland resources for landowners. The business provides quality technical and contracting forestry, wildlife habitat management and conservation services to landowners and government agencies. Terry said the business specializes in doing timber-stand improvement work on private property or public lands. He said landowners and state agencies may want to thin out timber to benefit wildlife or to increase the value of their timber by removing unwanted trees.

Luke Terry opened Custom Forestry Applications LLC in Northeast Kansas with the goal of improving the management of woodland resources for landowners.

The business provides quality technical and contracting forestry, wildlife habitat management and conservation services to landowners and government agencies.

Terry said the business specializes in doing timber-stand improvement work on private property or public lands. He said landowners and state agencies may want to thin out timber to benefit wildlife or to increase the value of their timber by removing unwanted trees.

“There aren’t many people around that do that type of work,” Terry said. “It’s all hand work that takes boots on the ground. We work hard at it and we don’t mind doing it.”

He said he got the idea for the business while working as an environmental director for the Kickapoo Tribe.

“We would apply for grants to work on projects and we’d look for people to bid on them and it seemed like there was always a shortage of contractors that did forestry and wildlife habitat improvement work,” Terry said. “I saw that need and over time I found enough projects to do it full-time and dedicate all my time and resources to it.”

He said the business was established in Kansas in 2008.

Terry said they also plant thousands of conservation seedlings each year on public and private land. In addition, he plants native grass and wildflowers for land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

He said many of his customers applied for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) which is a federal cost-share program for private landowners.

In Kansas, he has also completed stream bank stabilization projects at federally-owned reservoirs.

“These projects are above federal reservoirs that are building up with sentiment faster than government managers would like,” Terry said. “I have completed between 60 to 70 of these projects over the last 8 years in Kansas and it seems to be working well at keeping sentiment from entering reservoirs.”

He said he has completed projects in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa.

“I really appreciate the hard work that present and past crews have done,” Terry said. “We do a lot of physical work and one person couldn’t go out and do it all. We work together as a team. I’ve always had good employees.”

Custom Forestry Applications LLC is located at 2284 250th Street in Robinson, Kansas. They can be contacted by phone at 785-547-7777 or by email at nek.forestry@hotmail.com. They can also be found online at www.facebook.com/CFA.kansas.

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