Deciding to harvest your timber is an important decision. Timber Works holds proper forest management as our highest priority and will never pressure you to cut any trees that aren’t well suited for harvesting.
Our company works with the landowner to educate them about the ins and outs of timber management, answering questions along the way and going the extra mile to ensure the harvest is low impact, and that the tract is left with health and vitality.
Frequently Asked Questions Re: Logging
Absolutely. In fact, timber harvesting is an important part of any proper forest management plan. Like anything organic, trees have a natural like span. They grow rapidly taller in the first portion of their lives. Once they reach the canopy, they begin to grow steadily wider. If left to mature indefinitely, they begin a slow, steady decline which for many species can last hundreds of years.
Our method of timber harvesting balances the return from a stand of timber with longer term goals of increased ecological vitality. We prefer to harvest only nice, mature trees before they’ve started to decline—the the remaining trees are left to continue the natural cycle of timber growth.
Not usually. Yard trees are notorious for containing metal which can cause costly damage to saw blades and other timber processing equipment. Even if you can’t see it, yard trees often have metal buried deep within the tree. The exception to this rule are developments in wooded areas. If your home is on a wooded lot that was once part of a larger woods, it is possible you do have timber suitable for harvest.
Occasionally a tree of exceptional value may be considered. The Ohio State University’s Agricultural Department has a nice article explaining the difficulties associated with yard trees available here.
That’s a hard question to answer because each timber stand is unique.
Buying timber on the stump is essentially when a logger purchases timber harvesting rights for a predetermined amount of trees from a land owner’s woods. You can get an idea of the average prices being paid for such timber from The Ohio State University’s Timber Timber Price Report. This report is compiled every year with data collected by OSU Agriculture Extension offices and reflects the prices paid for timber while still on the stump.
The numbers contained in this report reflect averages from the millions and millions of board feet of timber harvested in Ohio, so they may not necessarily coincide with the value of your standing timber. In fact, Timber Works has paid amounts much greater than the averages quoted in this report for exceptional or veneer timber. Still, this stumpage price report is a good place to start your research.
The easiest way to assess your timber is by allowing Timber Works to conduct a site visit, but read over our blog articles Estimating Standing Tree Volume and Estimating Standing Timber Value for an idea of how the process works and to learn how to conduct a self inventory of your timber.
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