Friday, 10 June 2022 18:46

6 Tips for Timber Harvesting

North American hardwood forests offer an abundant variety and supply of hardwood species. From White Oak, Hard Maple, and Cherry to Walnut, hardwood forests are a sustainable source of beauty and resources.

In fact, over the past 50 years, it is estimated that the volume of hardwoods in North American forests has actually increased! Today, all aspects of hardwoods are in high demand. From timber, to logs, to green lumber to kiln dried lumber products, prices are near industry highs and supply is hard to come by.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise to hear that many landowners are curious about having their timber harvested.  In some instances, we find landowners have questions or concerns about how best to go about that process timber harvest.  When we deal with landowners these are a few basic steps we like to recommend when they are interested in harvesting their hardwood lot.

timber harvesting imageSet a Meeting.  The initial meeting with a forester is where you can discuss your goals, both in the long term and the short term. Take the time to jot down any questions, concerns, etc. that you may have. This could include your goals for tree selection, forest management, land restoration, wildlife management or any anything else you might have in mind.

Take a Walk in the Woods.  Walking the property with the forester offers you the opportunity to properly explain and point out important items of importance for them to keep in mind. Things such as property lines, types of trees to be selected, or even areas that have specific meaning for you that you want protected. You can also discuss placement for log landings, skid roads, and proper clean up after. The more you communicate with the forester the better the end result.

Schedule a Timber Cruise.  A timber cruise is the term used to explain an onsite visit of the property to mark, measure and value the standing timber to be harvested off the land so it is a good idea to request that the forester you choose conducts a formal timber cruise.

Request a Proposal. Sign a Contract.  A written proposal that details the specifics of the harvest, the preparation required and the expected results is important.  It is also a good idea to sign a timber sale agreement and include items such as the boundaries to be harvested, the timeframe of the project, the pricing methodology to be used, proper insurance to ensure you are protected,  the expected condition the land will be restored to and who would be responsible for damages if any occur.

Logger Meet and Greet.  Have the forester introduce you to the timber harvester (logger). This is a great time to review your expectations and the agreed upon expected pre-harvest preparations. Look over the log landing sites, the placement of skid roads, and any other post-harvest land restoration you expect to be completed as a part of your above-mentioned contract.

Schedule a Post-harvest Review. When timber harvest is complete conduct a post-harvest review of your property. When doing so make sure the job was completed properly and the terms of the timber sale agreement were fulfilled. This is a great time to discuss with your forester a game plan for future timber harvests.

Interested in learning more?  Our forest management professionals are ready to speak with you. Contact us today and let us know how we can help you meet your goals!

Anthony C.
American Lumber
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