Timber Cruising

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Stephen A. Chlcote Land & Timber Consulting

Timber Cruising

Whether one needs a timber volume estimate for purchasing a tract of land or for an appraisal of the land for investments purposes or eminent domain, purchasing rights of way, I can provide a good working inventory of the timber resources on a tract of land and an estimate of market value.   This Timber Cruise is the first step in any forest managment plan, valuation or timber sale.

A timber volume report will be generated which includes the species, sizes and board foot volumes within those size classes.  Also included will be a report on the timber quality and feasibility of harvest, both important aspects of value above and beyond the timber volumes.

The simplest of reports is this tally I did for a client in Pennsylvania who had a small woodlot that needed a harvest.  By making a tally available to a potential buyer, I am able to present to that buyer what measure of board feet of what species is marked for sale.  I leave it up to the buyer to decide for himself what the quality level of the boards will be.

Valley Youth House Orefield Timber Tally
Species # Trees Board Feet  
Red Oak 102          34,500  
White Oak 10             3,100  
Chestnut Oak 5             1,500  
Sugar Maple 12             2,300  
Poplar 18             7,900  
Ash 29             7,200  
total 158          48,600  

About the Author:

Wildlife habitat manager and consulting forester from Central PA. Studied environmental Agriculture specializing in wildlife management and Forestry. B.S. Agriculture, Masters degree in Forestry. 30 years experience in land investment, forestry and wildlife habitat improvement. Currently working as a Farm Bill Forester for Pheasants Forever on Game Commission and Golden Winged Warbler Initiative.