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     When A Forest Assists A Private Forest Owner
     With A Timber Harvest


You Make More Money and Fewer Trees Are Usually Cut

Unlike most other commodities, trees standing in the woods have
no exact or going price. Their value is whatever a buyer and seller
agree to and is influenced by many factors. In fact, it is not uncommon
for offers to buy a tract of timber to range two- to 10-fold in value.




A Professional Forester Will:

Maximize present and
future economic value by identifying trees to harvest and those to retain in the stand.

Provide an accurate inventory of what is to be offered for sale including species, number of trees, and quality and volume.

Market timber effectively to obtain maximum price by using knowledge of timbers' potential value, markets, and buyers.

Monitor harvest activities
to ensure the landowner's satisfaction.

Provide guidance on income tax provisions relevant to timber sales.



Some Factors Affecting Timber Value

Timber Species

Number of Trees

Size of Trees

Total Volume

Quality of Trees

Owner Restrictions

Distance From Market

Accessibility of Site

Difficulty of Logging

Market Conditions

Buyer's Finances

Buyer Need for Timber

The harvest contributes to achieving your land-ownership
objectives, protects and enhances non-timber resources,
and minimizes the visual impact of the harvest.


Working With You, a Forester Will Prescribe a Harvest That:

Enhances future timber value.
Improves the health and vigor of the forest.
Protects soil and water resources.
Controls visual impact .
Manages wildlife habitat.
Creates vistas and trails.
Develops recreational activities.










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