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Learn the basics about timber as a commodity
What is Timber Harvesting
Timber harvesting is another term for logging. Timber harvesting utilizes logging methods including clear cutting, selective cutting (thinning) and pulp wooding. Timber harvesting involves planning, and adhering to state and federal logging regulations. As a professional logging company we can assist you in planning and executing a successful timber management program. If you need any services that we do not provide, we can guide you to other competent and reliable timber industry professionals.
Timber harvesting is almost always a for-profit venture. Logging projects are usually part of a larger plan to clear and develop land for commercial purposes. Some logging projects are done more for reasons of safety or land owner convenience. These projects are typically clear cutting trees for roads, rights-of-way, firebreaks and paths for powerlines or pipelines.
Your Timber Harvesting Project
Selling your timber is more complex than simply meeting with a logging company, and getting a check. Below, we've outlined the steps of a typical logging project. These steps may vary, adding of deleting steps, depending on your goals for your land. We invite you to call us with any questions or to request our assistance.
- Defining Your Objective: Every land owner has their reasons for removing timber. Defining your objectives will determine the type of logging services you need, and set the foundation for your project palnning.
- Project Planning: You need to develop a written plan which includes specific objectives, defines the area for harvesting trees, define timelines and list important control measures for your contract. We can help you with this, or you can hire a Forestry Consultant who works for, or is registered with, the State.
- Forest Management Plan: Your Forestry Management Plan will serve to keep you in compliance with state and federal regulations. Specific related benefits can include creating sustainable forests, mitigating environmental problems, creating better wildlife habitats, and being considerate of neighboring land owners.
- Choosing Your Selling Method: Timber is sold by the logging company to a sawmill, and payouts are based on weight or volume. We can offer a lump sum payment for clear cut logging, or pay you based on the actual timber removed during selection cut logging.
- Bids & Contracts: Your logging company will have a formal logging contract for you to sign. You should go over each detail, and any agreed to changes should be noted on the contract (with initials beside it), or attached as an addendum. You should have all points clarified before you sign a loggong contract.
- Pre-Harvest Meeting: Before the work begins you should confirm that your logging company owner or supervisor has informed their employees of the work to be done, defined the work area, and presented any special requirements.
- Project Execution and Management: The logging contractor is responsible for managing the project, including the crew. You may choose to actively observe the work being performed, and monitor for deviations from the agreed scope-of-work. Any land owner questions or concerns should be expressed to only the project supervisor or company management.
- Post Project Wrap Up: After your timber has been cut and hauled away you should inspect the work area. Confirm that fences, gates and other infrastructure has not been damaged. It is normal to see signs of logging activity including equipment tracks and biomass debris.