The simplest way is to contact Harvest Logistics for a Free Consultation. One of our forestry professionals can visit the site and gather the data necessary to provide you with options for managing and/or harvesting timber based on your objectives. We'll continue to answer all your questions and provide as many resources as you need to make educated decisions. And there's never any pressure or obligation for to to sell timber or to work with our company. Our job is to provide the information and allow you and your family to discuss and decide.
Do I have enough timber to sell?
We get calls each week for small to medium sized timber tracts (often 10 to 20 acres or less). Tracts smaller than 10 acres are very difficult to perform harvesting operations on simply because of economies of scale. The cost of owning and operating logging equipment is extremely expensive so it's better suited for large expansive forest projects. That being said, if a crew is working nearby your small parcel, sometimes it's possible to squeeze it into the local logging schedule. Please don't hesitate to contact to ask if we will have crews working in your local area and we'll do what we can to make something work out for you.
Does logging leave a big mess on my property?
The answer to this question is in the eye of the beholder. Commercial logging is typically performed on large agricultural tracts where forest management is the primary objective. In those environments it's very common to view the immediate after effects of a harvesting job as rough but normal and necessary. However it is also common that we're asked to buy timber on lands not primarily designed for industry standard logging operations such as urban areas or near residences. Logging operations sometimes look out of place in these locations. But the cleaner looking alternatives to selling this timber and having it logged is either landclearing or tree service companies. These two service categories will charge you to remove your trees and landscape your property in an aesthetically pleasing manner. There's a big difference in commercial logging and landclearing / tree service work.
Does Harvest Logistics provide Timber Management Plans for Greenbelt Tax Exemptions?
Yes. We can provide you a management plan from a professional forester that will satisfy the requirements of your county property appraiser. We provide these free as part of our service to our current and former clients. If you simply just need a management plan as an à la carte service, we do charge for those based on the size and complexity of your property. Please contact us for more detailed information.
Is there a best time to sell timber?
Yes. Whenever the markets are high, the weather is cooperative, and you & your trees are ready for this type of operation. One of the best services we provide is the timing of timber sales based on our intimate insider knowledge of timber markets. If you have time to plan ahead, we can work with you over time to develop a harvest plan that maximizes your timber's potential.
Are permits required in order to harvest my timber?
Sometimes. It depends on the location of your property and if there are environmental issues that need to be addressed prior to harvesting timber. Some counties and local governments have enacted tree ordinances that can require us to go through a vegitation removal permitting procedure. Often a permit is not required but the process of properly notifying the appropriate government agencies is a must. Additionally by submitting documents that display our intent to implement Best Management Practices (BMP's) we can be granted a "Presumption of Compliance" with environmental protection agencies on sensitive lands. This is a service we provide to our clients as part of our harvesting operations.
What determines the value of my timber?
A number of factors affect timber prices. It's the combination of these factors that make up the ultimate value. The factors include but are not limited to freight distance to mills, amount of the timber to be harvested, ground conditions of the property, access and conditions of existing roads, quality of timber products to be harvested, current timber markets, environmental issues related to the property. A forester can explain your exact situation once we know more about your tract.
What are other ways I can profit from my timberland besides harvesting timber?
There are many layers of possible income that can be taken advantage of besides just selling timber. Some other options may include selling pine straw, recreation, hunting leases, selling old stumps, conservation easements, and mitigation banking.
How long does it take eucalyptus to grow before it can be harvested?
Eucalyptus is a fast growing "super tree" that can be used for pulp & paper, garden mulch, and bioenergy. A fully mature stand of eucalyptus can be grown and harvested in approximately 4 to 7 years with some bioenergy crops being harvested on a 3-4 year age rotation. And the best part is that if it's harvested properly it will regrow from the existing stumps which avoids the added expense of site preparation and replanting.
Where does eucalyptus grow best?
There are over 700 varieties of eucalyptus but the primary varieties we recommend planting for forest products in the Southeast United States grows best in warm climates such as Central and South Florida. Eucalyptus likes heat and water but prefers to not let its roots sit in sustained wet environments. Therefore, well drained sites are preferable in low elevation regions or on soils with a hard pan layer underneath the surface which causes water to stand for extended periods of time. One of our eucalyptus professionals can perform a site evaluation and provide information and recommendations related to your specific property.