A timber sale is the culmination of many years of woodland management. For many small woodland owners, it is an opportunity for a financial return on their property. However, owners who don’t frequently market timber may find it a daunting task. Harvesting and Selling Timber: A Field Guide provides a step-by-step overview of harvesting and selling timber. The process is the...
A woodland owner must take certain steps to produce and sell logs for maximum revenue. This publication includes best practices for obtaining bids, selecting a buyer, and writing purchase orders; using the Scribner log rule, making decisions about bucking, selecting log lengths and diameters, and bucking to remove defects; and comparing markets.
Landowners may choose to cut trees on their property for many reasons. For some it’s the culmination of decades of planning and hard work to produce a valuable crop. For others it might be a liquidation of an asset to meet a sudden financial need. Still others might be undertaking a thinning operation to improve forest health, diversity, and habitat. Whatever your reason is for selling trees, there are some key things to consider when managing a successful timber sale.
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