The decision to harvest timber should not be made on a whim. The Landowner's objectives must be met or surpassed. Of course, one main objective is getting the best price for the timber now. But what about the future productivity of the land? Will there be deep ruts (near left) or will the logger do a very good job protecting the land?
Selective Harvesting, including pine plantation thinning, is a type of harvesting where a crop of desirable trees are left to grow and produce substantial income into the future.
Each "leave tree" represents an investment--if the wrong leave tree is chosen, the investment will not produce the desired results. Therefore, making sure the right trees are chosen is the most important decisions a Forester must make in a thinning.
MOST PRIVATE TIMBERLAND OWNERS who own 10 to 100 acres of forested lane typically conduct only one or two timber sales during their lifetime or during the duration of their ownership of the land.
Therefore, it goes without saying that a timber sale is VERY IMPORTANT, and it behooves a landowner to maximize his or her profit from such an operation.
But what kind of timber sale? A clearcut? A thinning? Lump sum? Per-unit?
Will the property be left in a productive state or will it be butchered and trampled making any future replanting or natural reforestation difficult or residual tree growth slow?
Can the landowner get a logger that will appreciate the job, protect the land and most importantly respect him and his needs? How can the landowner be certain that his personal and tract-specific needs are being met?
Can the landowner be absolutely sure he is getting the most money for his timber?
CHESNUT FORESTRY can assist landowners with their timber selling ventures be they a small one-acre lot to large 200+ acre tract. Only reputable timber buyers and loggers are permitted to bid on timbered tracts that Chesnut Forestry works with, and the six-page timber harvesting contract which is custom tailored to the tract (not a xeroxed, fill-in-the-blank agreement) is strong and holds the landowners' and land's interest in highest regard. The contract is sent along with the invitation to bid, and it is understood that if a buyer submits a bid, he is agreeing to the terms. So closing the timber sale can often be quicker and seamless.
CHESNUT FORESTRY takes the guesswork out of a timber sale. Tim finds corners, lines, trails, creeks, etc., flags and/or paints them so the logger can see them well, and prepares the timber sale so that all any buyer needs to do is show up and bid (it is recommended they cruise the tract, but a volume table is included with the sale).
The process is a proven one, and 9 times out of 10, CHESNUT FORESTRY garners a high bid much higher than any previous offering--20% higher usually, and occasionally higher still!
Please contact Tim to discuss the Timber Selling Process in more detail!