Timber Operations & Harvesting

Clear cutting is an important forest management practice that encourages growth of new valuable timber and keeps forest land healthy. Clear cutting has a bit of a reputation problem resulting from the forest management practices of timber barons from the 19th century and earlier who did not replant or manage the land in the timbering process.  Now clear cutting is a tool for stewards of the land to keep forest lands healthy and enable future growth of the most valuable timber species through planned plantings.  Responsible stewards of the land learn the environmental and forest health benefits of clear cutting and this is often the best choice for many landowners.

Trees compete for light and nutrients in a forest stand.  If your trees are too close together their growth is slowed, and the land produces substantially less value over time as the trees become weaker.  Trees will start to die without sufficient light and mineral nutrients.  This puts the entire timber stand at risk from insects and wildfire.  Thinning your timber stand is important to remove sick trees, poorly formed trees and to optimize growth and health.  Thinning at the right time allows the owner to recoup value from trees that would otherwise be wasted and reduce the growth of healthy trees. Many landowners do not know that thinning can be a commercially profitable transaction if done at the right time. It also makes the pine stand more habitable for game animals and other wildlife.

Select cutting is about maximizing the current value of timber by harvesting the most valuable trees and leaving the remainder to grow. It can also help clear forest and make it more pleasant, though it tends to leave the less valuable trees for the future.  If a landowner wants to capture the economic value of their timber stand and still retain woodlands for recreation, aesthetic appeal, or timberland crops such as mushrooms and ginseng—then select cutting can be a good choice for timber owners.

Many commercial pine stand growers prefer to thin their pines before they get to the point of commercial viability for posts or other uses.  This practice maximizes growth potential and economic returns.  It can also cost less to thin pines earlier so there are mixed considerations to pre-commercial thinning.  If you are uncertain it may be best to get an expert assessment.  Our service providers can give you the information you need to make the best most responsible decisions for your land and trees.

Cruising is the process of measuring forest stands to determine stand characteristics, such as average tree sizes, volume, and timber quality. On a timber cruise species of trees and tree types will typically be divided into at least two grades by quality level with an estimate of useful tonnage for each grouping.  This lets the landowner verify the value of their trees against current publicly reported timber prices.

Timber Management

Our experienced timber cruisers can walk your land and provide an assessment of value against current and recent market rates and capacity needs at local mills.

It is important to get an accurate assessment of timber value when deciding to hold or sell your timber. Many variables impact the value of a timber stands and holding a stand too long without proper care and maintenance can reduce value through tree fall and quality depreciation. Being a good steward of your land and forests means staying informed on the value of your timber and its quality.

If you need a better map of your plot or property to help determine the best uses of your land or for other reasons, please do not hesitate to reach out and contact us.  Often it is difficult to get a good sense of the elevation and contouring of a property without a proper map to look at water runoff and determining the potential impact of timbering on erosion or future soil quality.  A good map can help make the best decisions.

Tree planting is a popular service. Selecting the right trees for your land, soil and future commercial value is an important decision.  It is good to consider the future forest uses of the land and potential for concurrent forest cropping.  For many landowners, planting a forest or timber plot will be a once in a lifetime activity, so it is good to plan the legacy you want to leave for grandchildren and other future generations. Our service providers offer planting of many different tree species and can help assess your plot and soil nutrient profile to select trees that will grow happy and healthy.

Our timber buyers can make you an offer based on the assessed value of pine, hardwoods, and mixed timber stands.  Many landowners want to sell off just portions of their timber based on current market prices or long term needs they may have to convert land to pasture or tillable cropland. Talk to our experts to find the best uses of your land and maximize the value and return on investment of your land stewardship.

If you have a piece of timber land that you are considering selling. Reach out to request a quote or offer.  Let us know the state and county location and the county plot identification number.