FOREST MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP MANUAL
In order to get a reasonable price, and satisfactory results
upon completion of the harvesting, there are some fundamental
procedures to follow. After devoting his land for years to
growing a crop of trees, the forest owner often sells to the
first buyer who comes along. Using the steps listed below will
often result in higher returns and help prevent disappointments.
- Have a second reason for making a sale
- such as mature trees or converting the land to another use.
Too many sales are intiated by a purchaser and the owner is
"railroaded" into a quick sale.
- Choose the type of sale which best meets your objective
of land ownership or woodland management
- Know what the area will look like when harvesting is
completed. Each type of sale has advantages and disadvantages -
if in doubt, discuss the matter with a professional forester.
Some common types of sales are:
a)selective- designating only mature trees and others
which should by removed for the benefit of the woodland (usually
involves someone marking the trees to be sold).
b)boundary or cutting rights- the owner waives all
restrictions on trees to be harvested.
c)diameter limit- all trees larger than a designated size
- Determine volume to be sold
- Know how many board feet of each kind of tree is involved in
- Determine value of the timber
- Consult with your local forester, agricultural workers,
neighbors, and others who have made recent sales.
- Advertise to timber buyers in a several-county area
- A list of buyers is maintained by all forestry agencies.
- A sales contract covering terms of sale and restrictions
- (A copy of a sample contract is in the Appendix).
- Consider the possibility of harvesting and marketing your
own timber crop.
- This procedure will allow the owner to sell his own labor
and control how his woodland will look after harvesting is
completed. Shop with several buyers for the best offers.
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Last revised August 14, 1995.
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