Timber Harvests

Timber Harvests
Current Use
Mapping & GPS
Wildlife Control
Notes From the Field
Qualifications and Affiliations


Timber Harvests
Consulting foresters work on behalf of private land owners to help them achieve their forest management goals.  Because of this relationship, they are not directly affiliated with mills, loggers, or any other part of industrial forestry.  With that said, consultants maintain good relations with industry, and deal frequently with those who have proven reputable in the past.  This is what sets consulting foresters apart from those in industry.  Keep this in mind when you are approached by others whose interests may differ from yours.


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Timber Marking & Appraisal, Timber Sale Administration & Marketing Forest Products

These three services are discussed together because one often follows the other and all are interrelated. 

Timber Marking & Appraisal
 is typically the first step in the process, and is where the forester sprays paint on the trees to be harvested and tallies those trees for their diameter, height, species and product.  The result is a volume by species and an estimated net value of what has been marked.  This allows the forest owner to know what they are selling, and what it should be worth prior to the start of harvesting.

Timber Sale Administration
  is the process of monitoring harvest operations for work quality, making correct payments based on mill tallies, and supervising the post harvest clean up.  Much of this work is time spent by the forester in the woods while the harvest is in progress

Marketing Forest Products
starts with determining the best method of sale.  This usually means either sub-contracting a logger or putting the marked timber volume out for competitive bid.  

When all three are done correctly the landowner knows what they're selling and its estimated value at the outset, gets the best possible job in the woods and receives the best actual return for the products sold.  If you would like to learn more, please click the e-mail link below:      
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Sub Contract Sales   Should the decision be to sub-contract a logger, the forester will choose among a number of qualified and reputable loggers to harvest the trees.  The forest products are then marketed by product and species as they are removed from the woods.  Landowners are paid in piecemeal fashion for what is shipped to the mill or mills.

Competitive Bid Sales  With the competitive bid sale process, the forester markets products by species and volume prior to the start of harvesting.  In other words, the standing marked trees are sold prior to their harvest.  With this method flyers are sent to roughly one hundred potential buyers.  From that pool, interested buyers are invited to a timber showing where they are able to inspect the marked trees for quality and volume.  Using this method landowners are usually paid a lump sum up front, with one or two other lump sums at predetermined dates to complete the total bid.

Which method is right for me?   Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages.  Everything from management goals and parcel size to species composition and financial considerations can factor in to this decision.  Collaboration between the forester and landowner is key in making this determination.



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