William L. Braford

Bill Braford is a member of the Virginia Forestry Association's Board of Directors and owner of Blue Chip Forestry.

Blue Chip Forestry offers a variety of expert forest and timber management services, including:


Providing expertise in the design of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and erosion prevention. We prefer to prevent problems by being involved with the initial planning. However, Bill Braford has lots of experience in cost effective corrections to forest roads and stream crossings that need help.

We can also assist in the development of Forest Stewardship Plans.

Hunting Leases

Blue Chip Forestry manages hunting leases and helps with lease transactions.

GIS/GPS Mapping

The technology that Blue Chip Forestry utilizes for mapping combines corrected digital aerial photography as a base map for a GIS system.  Features such as property corners, roads or clearings made after the date of the base map photography can be updated using GPS or with small format digital aerial photography.

We specialize in using GIS mapping for forest and farm management plans for landowners, aerial photography/property boundary for realtors, cemetery GIS, and timber stand and property management GIS.

Forest Roads

Blue Chip Forestry offers an attractive alternative between the extremes of impaired roads and expensive engineering projects.  Practical forest road layout techniques are used for private roads and drives. (We recommend the use of a private engineer if the road needs to be brought up to VDOT specifications).  An abney level or a clinometer  is used to layout a road with a constant  grade percent.  Minimum radius curves are designed using simple but effective forest road layout techniques.  Stream crossing structures are sized based on watershed size and conditions.

Timber Valuations

Timber Values may be surprising to many people! There are many variables involved with properly evaluating timber stands, not to mention finding a willing buyer or seller. Fortunately, Blue Chip Forestry is here to help.

Contact William L. Braford

Blue Chip Forestry
P O Box 55
Natural Bridge Station, Virginia  24579
Phone: (540) 291-4701


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Virginia

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