1. Hire the help!
Hire a professional Ohio consulting forester to represent you. A sawmill or wood manufacturing corporation does not represent you; they all want one thing: your timber for the lowest possible price, so they can make the most profit. A consulting forester will provide all services necessary to complete an effective timber sale from start to finish while protecting your forest investment and objectives.
2. Know your Timber Tract Boundaries!
Your forester will visit your property to map and mark your timber tract boundary lines. We will provide you with detailed timber tract maps using the latest mapping software.
3. Know your Timber Volume
Estimating volumes of rough wood products requires knowledge of the various units of timber measurement and how to obtain accuracy in these measurements.
4. Timber species
Timber marketing is highly specialized. Exact tree species must be recognized and will allow for an efficient offering to the best markets and thus, obtain the best price.
5. Timber Quality and Quantity
Typically, large trees that are free from knots, defects and lower limbs are the most valuable. Timber is given different grades that pertain to the quality. (ie. Veneer) Knowing the quality of your timber will bring premium prices at sale time. The quality, quantity, volume and species data will give a useful estimate of the dollar amount you can expect to receive.
6. Forest Issues
Discuss your specific goals and objectives with your forester. Ultimately, your goals will determine what type of timber harvest will be utilized. (ie. logging methods such as, select cut or clear cut)
7. Find a Timber Buyer
For most tracts of timber, the best and most fair method to all parties involved is to implement the a timber sale with a sealed bid process. Your agent will show a number of companies the timber on your property. Each company will submit a bid by the closing date. Your forester will then review the timber bids with you. This process may take a few weeks to a few months.
8. Timber Sale Contract Negotiations
Your forester will draw up a legally binding timber sale contract to be signed by all involved parties. This contract will include a legal description of your property, sale price and method of payment, title guarantee, buyers right of access to the timber, liability issues, effective and termination date, penalty clauses, arbitration methods, witnessed signatures and other factors.
9. Timber Sale Contract Compliance
Your forester will visit your property to ensure the logging company is meeting all contractual obligations of the timber sale contract. (including harvesting only the logs or trees specified!) A final site evaluation is necessary to ensure that certain logging areas have been smoothed and seeded to protect the soil from further erosion.
10. Sit Back and Relax!