5 Considerations When Logging Your Land for Hardwoods

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It is not every day that a timberland owner is in a position to consider conducting a timber harvest on their land.   Many times it can happen decades or even generations apart.  So when a landowner starts considering a harvest they usually are looking for some insights or best practices to consider.

Baillie Lumber fields calls all the time when it comes to hardwood timber management and possible harvests. When we are asked about how a land owners should approach a harvest these are five points we suggest they consider.hardwood log pick up

Develop your forest management objectives -  There are many reasons a land owner would want to have their land harvested. Whether it be overall forest health, the creation of recreational use, improved wildlife habitation and/or to reap a return on their investment.  But knowing and communicating your  overall objectives prior to harvesting your land is important so you achieve the desired results you are looking for.

Consider having objectives for items such as possible damage to the residual trees, smoothing of ruts from the harvesting equipment when the job is completed, the condition of the log landing after the job is done, general lot clean up and appearance objectives and anything else that is a goal of your overall project.

Engage a professional forester - Why, because a professional forester can help you determine how best to approach your timber sale. They can provide you with valuable insights into the local timber market, who is buying, what mills are paying and who would most likely want your logs. They can help you select the proper professional harvester for the job and provide overall oversight to make sure the job is done right.

Have a contract – Be wise. Make sure a contract in place before you start your timber harvest. It does not have to be complicated but it should include items such as, but not limited to, the location and boundaries to be harvested, a time-frame as to when the harvest should start and stop, the condition the land should be left in when complete and who is responsible for damages.

Require proof of insurance – It is good practice to make sure the professional harvester that you choose has current workers compensation and general liability coverage for themselves and others that will be working with them.  Many contractors utilize the assistance of sub-contractors and part time workers.  The proof of insurance they provide should also cover them as well so you are not liable if something should happen on your property.

Determine how you want to be paid – There are generally two basic ways a land owner gets paid for their timber. The first method is a lump sum payment where by the buyer pays a flat fee for the entire job. The second methods commonly used is a scaled product sale. This method is based on a price per unit harvested by volume, species, and grade. Landowners should also consider the payment schedule and various tax implications they might incur based on each method before making a decision.

Even today, Baillie and its partners rely primarily on private landowners who own 57% of the timberland in the United States to supply our facilities with hardwood logs. If you are thinking of harvesting the hardwoods from your property contact us to see if we can help you in any way.  We would welcome the conversation.

Tony Cimorelli
Baillie Lumber Co.
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