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What You Should Know BEFORE You sell your Timber

1. Hire a Professional.  Hire a forestry consultant, (in Missisippi it is the law that only a registered forester can represent themselves as a foresters) to represent you.  They will provide all services necessary to complete an effective timber sale.  If you decide to not hire Foxworth Forestry Consultants, LLC (FFC) we still strongly recommend that you hire a reputable forestry consultant.  By hiring a forestry consultant you can expect to increase net revenue  by 20-100%. 

2. Know your Boundaries.  Well defined boundaries are a must.  FFC will clearly mark and map your property boundaries.  We utilize the latest in Global Positioning System (GPS) and mapping technologies to produce high quality easy to read maps. 

3. Know the Volume.  Estimating timber volumes requires specialized knowledge of measurement techniques and how to obtain these measurements with a high level of accuracy.  Once these measurements are obtained you must convert them into basic units of measurement for the timber sale.  The basic units of measurement are board feet (lumber/veneer), cords (pulpwood), and tons (all of the above).

4. Species & Grade.  Timber marketing can be a highly specialized process.  Tree species and grade must be recognized and accounted for in the marketing process to obtain the highest price.

5. Quantity.  Know an accurate acreage of your timber stand. Buyers will apply premium prices when they are confident in an acreage.  This is also a very important step in calculating an accurate timber volume for your property.

6. Terrain.  Accessibility, site conditions, distance to the mill, and size of the tract to be harvested all play an important role in the price you receive for your timber. 

7. Type of Harvest Discuss with your consultant your overall goals for your forest.  Ultimately, your goals along with forest management guidelines will determine what type of harvest will be utilized.  Clear cut, thinning, seed tree, shelter wood, operator select, marked, or sanitation are all different types of harvests with very different goals/results.  The type of harvest can cause a large amount of variation in timber value and price.

8. Type of Sale.  Sealed bid, lump sum,  pay-as-cut, and negotiated are all different types of timber sales that may be implemented depending on landowner goals and the timber quality and volume.

9. Sale Contract.  Contracts can include many things just some of which are a legal description of your property, sale price, payment method, type of harvest, title guarantee, right of ingress and egress, liability issues, termination dates, penalty clauses, arbitration methods, and witnessed signatures  A normal procedure for FFC is to require a buyer to deposit a performance deposit with our company, upon satisfactory completion of contract, and only then, the deposit will be returned to the purchaser of your timber.

10. Contract compliance.  Your property needs to be inspected at regular intervals during the harvesting process to insure that harvesting operations are meeting all contractual obligations.  Typically a final site evaluation is neccessary to insure harvested areas are left in the conditions required by the contract.

Remember knowledge is the key to conducting an informed timber sale/harvest.  If you wish to contact a knowledgeable member of our staff to assist you with your timber harvest, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Foxworth Forestry Consultants, LLC.  We are always happy to assist you in any way possible.