A Diameter Limit Cut (DLC) harvest can severely limit the future economic potential of a forest. Because this common harvesting technique generally strips the forest of its most healthy and economically valuable trees, the potential of bountiful harvests in the future is reduced. However, some private forest owners are presented with offers that appear too good to pass up. Others overlook or are unaware of possible negative effects of a DLC harvest. Decisions made under these circumstances are not always optimal, but they do reinforce the point that economics play a major role in the decision of when to harvest a forest.