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• Consulting Foresters are in business to represent forest owners. Consultants have the proper education, experience, and the independence that allows them to represent the landowner.
• Service Foresters are state government employees who can give forestry advice, but cannot represent you and often have goals that differ from the Lanowner.
• Extension Foresters are University employees whose main role is education and outreach. While a good source of information, they cannot represent you and do not have time to work on your property.
• Procurement Foresters are employed by forest industries and other timber buyers to purchase timber and logs. Their goal is to buy as much timber for as little money as possible.

That depends on what you have to start with. I often get everything done without the landowner having to spend a lot of out-of-pocket expense.

Yes you can, but you have to be committed, take my advice and let me do what is necessary to achieve your goals.
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Sometimes, a clearcut is the best prescription for a stand, especially if it has been high-graded multiple times. Clearcutting is a perfectly legitimate silvicultural regeneration technique. The term select cut is misused. Group Select, Crop Tree Select and Species Select harvesting are techniques that I have used to achieve certain goals. Usually more timber value, regeneration and diversity. “Selecting” all the cherry and oak over 14” DBH is not a silvicultural prescription.

Having said that, clearcuting is not the best prescription for your property value in most cases.

I once had a lady call me who was undergoing cancer treatments and needed money. I was able to giver her cash for her trees and later sell them at a small profit for my time. Another way is to go directly to a mill I know to be a good payer and who trusts my volume figures without having to check them to speed up the process.

You can hire me to do a quick walk-through to see if a timber harvest is feasible, but no. First of all, I have to mark and mearsure the trees to be sold according to your goals for the property. Then, it is only worth what a willing buyer is ready to write you a check for. Markets are variable and offers vary widely depending on how bad the buyer is in need of your particular trees. There are other variables as well, such as difficulty of the harvesting operation, road issues, time of year, distance to the mill or yard. The amount that a mill will pay depends on the deal they have with the buyer of the boards they make. Supply/demand. Up and down.

One thing I can tell you for sure is that good quality logs are always in demand. Thats why you need need a professional to help grow good logs.

That’s a high-grade and its very bad .

No you won’t. If I mark a very good stand of oak properly, including regeneration work and TSI, I can go back into the stand every 30 years to get the same volume and quality. Almost all harvesting done without professional help is some form of high-grade. They call it “select cut” but what they did was “select” every tree that had any value and left the junk to take up the growing space.

Maybe. Probably not. It depends on the quality of the timber. If it is a lot of junk, you are OK but if it is high quality, you are paying the logger far more than a mill would to cut it. Also, how do know how much timber you have? How many loads went to this mill and how many to that mill. How much did he get for the logs? See how it can get pretty coplicated? Always us a Forester.

By the way, I am not anti-mill or anti-logger. I’m just tellin’ it like it is.

It’s an absolute fact that timber sales conducted using a consulting forester net more money for the landowner, have no environmental enforcement problems, and obtain results more in line with the goals you have for your property.

You wouldn’t go into court without a lawyer, would you? You could, but that would be a mistake. Same with a timber sale. You need someone in your corner representing your best interest. We are not always right, but we are your best ally when you harvest timber. Always use a Forester.

That depends on the size and scope of the project. A typical timber sale, I like to get ten to fifteen percent of the sale. For other services, I get paid by the day, mileage and materials. I work cheap because I want to get on as much land to help the land, the people and the animals that live there.

The most important thing a Forester does for the landowners is to mark the timber sale according to the landowner’s goals for the sale and to tally up all the species, volumes and quality of the trees marked. Then we take on the task of selling the timber for the best possible price to a buyer who will do a good job of harvesting. Your Forester will get your money and make sure the job is done according to environmental regulations and good forestry practices. Good salesmanship and good relationships with the best timber buyers are qualities that I bring into a timber sale. I’ve learned to avoid certain situations, learned to work with regulatory agencies and buyers to see that the whole thing goes smoothly. Every harvest has its own set of challenges. When Mr. Murphy shows up, a good Forester is a valuable asset. I go back to the court analogy. You can go into court without a lawyer but wouldn’t you be better off with an attorney who knows the system, has worked with the judge and the other side’s attorney before?