Baxter Farm & Forest

Certified Master Logger


Logging Southern New England 

                  CT  RI  MA


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RIGHT:  The Valmet Forwarder's weight is evenly distributed over six wheels and it has a grapple loader that allows for less movement in the forest.  The machine is agile and allows for easy access in a dense forest and into tight places, which minimizes damage to standing trees and damage to the forest floor with low soil compaction. 

RIGHT:  Lee Baxter at the Game of Logging competition which was held to benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals through Log a Load for Kids.


Baxter Farm & Forest, a one man - one machine operation, has been owned and operated by Lee Baxter for over 20 years.  Lee is a certified master logger, through the Southern New England Master Logger Certification Program and is licensed to harvest timber in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.


Lee was recognized as certified master logger in August 2005 in the first class of master loggers in Southern New England and is currently the only certified master logger in Rhode Island.  The master logger program certifies the environmental safety and business practices of Baxter Farm & Forest to ensure that forest products are harvested in a sustainable manner.  The mastery is field verified and based on actual jobs performed.

Lee's goal is to prepare a forest for future generations.  He is environmentally conscious, aware and continuously improves his strategies and skills to keep a healthier forest and preserve our wildlife habitat.  Lee exceeds expectations for quality, trust, knowledge and price.  Taking pride in giving landowners superior service and showing them that they can trust in his work,  Lee holds an exceptional reputation for his skills, commitment and consistency in the woods.  Lee is an environmentally conscious professional, who quickly gained a reputation for friendliness to landowners and friendliness to the forest.  In November of 2004, Lee was recognized by RIFCO, Rhode Island Forest Conservator's Organization and awarded the "Friend of the Forest" for oustanding effort and achievement ensuring the protection and sustainability of Rhode Island's public and privately owned forested land.  In 2007 Lee was praised for outstanding logging practices performed in the Yale University Forest in Connecticut.  

Baxter Farm & Forest harvests wood products - timber, firewood, and pulp wood.  Services start with meeting the landowner and forester to review the management plan, maps, boundaries, forest aesthetics, sensitive areas, water areas, time lines and sustainability of the forest ecosystems.  After the timber sale agreement is signed trails are established taking steps to protect water quality, and prevent soil erosion.  With all the above in place, chainsaw felling begins.  Wood products are then transported by a Valmet Forwarder (above photo) to a roadside landing for pick up.  At the close of the project a meeting is conducted to review the mangement plan.  The overall goal of Baxter Farm & Forest is to extract the primary needed materials without compromising the integrity of our forest land and wildlife.