Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a harvest take?
Harvest time depends on a few factors; -the size of the harvest, -weather, -type of harvest. A standard rate of one year is applied to the contract, which is usually plenty of time to finish a harvest. Exceptions to that rule are sensitive areas that require cold winter harvest or driest summer conditions, and one year may not present correct harvest conditions, thus requiring additional time.
What region do you cover?
We cover a radius of 85 miles from LaFayette NY.
That's Nine counties: Onondaga, Cayuga, Oswego, Oneida, Madison, Cortland, Tioga, Chenango, Otsego.
Special cases will be considered.
Why Should I Choose a Consultant Forester?
Not all foresters are the same.
There are Industrial Foresters (paid by the mill), and Municipal Foresters (work for State, Fed, etc.), and Consultant Foresters (paid on commissions directly from the landowner).
I am a Consultant Forester, that means I work for you. I have a quality educational background, broad area of expertise along with certified forester status, and membership in: NYSDEC, SAF, and NYICF.
I place your timber harvest out to bid so the buyers can compete for your timber and you can be confident in the price received and whats being sold.
I make a commission from the price of timber on the highest bid, so my interest is gaining you the most money for your harvest.
Most of the time the difference in the two highest bids more than covers my commission.
>NYSDEC recommends using a Consultant Forester.
Should I wait until the market is better to sell my wood?
Forests are a long term product. If you decide to wait on harvesting when your forest is currently economically mature, then you are losing money by choosing slower overall forest growth.
However, if the merchantable timber is removed along with some culls, then that allows for faster residual growth and a shorter rotation time to the next harvest. If you wait too long the understory gets stunted, it may not respond with as much vigor as it would have and rotation time will be longer.
Regardless of the current timber prices, you stand to lose if you don't follow the science of forestry in managing your woodlot. FYI, timber harvesting is NOT just diameter limit cutting...
What is common rotation time between harvests?
The harvest rotation will vary according to the landowner's needs and the design of the harvest. A common timeframe offered is about 15 years on a good site depending on the extent of the harvest. It will be longer for poorer sites (depleted soils, wet, over-harvested).
How can I shorten time between harvests?
On a good site, a cost effective treatment is to Implement a precommercial treatment such as Timber Stand Improvement (TSI).
Reducing competition and speeding up growth of the higher value residual trees, and those shade intolerant species which grow faster than shade tolerants.
What is TSI?
Timber Stand Improvement is a pre-commercial thinning in which a forester marks undesirable trees for culling according to a prescription. Removing trees of lower value and poor form can expedite growth of the residual trees and return greater value on a shorter harvest rotation.
Why should I do a 480-a Real Property Tax Law Management Plan?
If you are in an area in which your taxes are a burden, and you have more than 50 acres of qualifying forest, then it could be a good option for you.
Contact me and we can discuss your options.
Why should I be interested in a USDA NRCS EQIP Management Plan?
The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) has an Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) that offers cost sharing on creating a forest management plan that can also help you save money on projects like roads, access, riparian planting, habitat improvements, and timber stand improvement.
How are the markets?
Currently they are strong and fluctuate by a number of factors. Price for standing timber is not entirely based upon the markets.... For instance, the individual sale price is also driven by ease of access, proper layout, quality of the timber, and the proximity to a mill.