The Research and Development Program is responsible to collect and provide information  on best management practices for management planning and forest development.

Woodland Management: The woodland management section  was initiated to manage 4.8 million acres of pinñon pine, juniper, and oak species of the Navajo Nation. Management is necessary to ensure that the woodland resources are not depleted through over-cutting and that impacts on the other resources are considered.

Woodland objectives are met by establishing regulations and developing management plans for specific areas.  Administration includes daily assignments and instructions, meeting with staff when needed, maintaining updates, and communicating with front office staff.  Due to immense size of the woodland acreage (4.8 million acres) management activities are planned by prioritizing projects. These products are then provided to local people through firewood sales.  Species conversion treatments and hazardous tree removal are also conducted by this section.


Species Cord 1/2 Cord 1/5 Cord 1/10 Cord
Ponderosa Pine $150 $75 $30 $15
Pinyon $200 $100 $40 $20
Juniper $250 $125 $50 $25
$125 $50 $25

Forest Inventory: . Stands are delineated on aerial photos, then field visits are made to the stands, to determine volume, condition, and treatment opportunities. Prescriptions are  written to provide direction for forest management treatment.

Pole Marking:  Pole marking season begins May 1st, and will last until September 30th.  Marking is scheduled through appointment only, at the Navajo Forestry Department.  Stands for pole marking are selected from forest inventory.  Poles selected for removal are based off general forest principles of leaving the best trees for future seed trees.  All harvesting is done by the permittee, whom must possess the permit during all phases of harvesting.   For people that do not possess the means to harvest, the Navajo Forestry Department does harvest some poles, but at retail rate and delivery cost.

Thinning:  Stands for thinning are selected from forest inventory.  The Program is busy delineating thinning units for future treatment for public use.