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Harvesting Timber

Landowners, we work with, generally sell timber to logging contractors under a pay-as-cut stumpage agreement, wherein they are paid weekly for the logs, pulpwood, firewood, or biomass chips that the logger delivered to mills. Loggers agree in advance how much they’ll pay the landowner, based on the mill’s determination of volume and grade.

How can I optimize my benefits?

Timber has physical, price, and income tax components. Logging has environmental, esthetic, forest health, and silvicultural considerations. We often recommend that owners grow a diversity of high value species, manage them for vigor and form, sell them well when appropriate to skilled and honest loggers, while minimizing ownership expenses. We help with all of these aspects, while also auctioning and/or negotiating the harvest rights and advising how to legally report income, to minimize its tax consequences.

What is needed to harvest timber?

A timber sale contract, between the landowner and logger, assures liability protection, helps comply with harvesting laws, and details wood prices, potential excavation costs, and harvest season. Quality loggers maximize log utilization and income while minimizing environmental impacts and stand damage. We serve as a landowner’s forester, fiduciary, and agent exclusively.

Who decides which trees are cut?

Upon agreement with the owner, Two Trees foresters. We mark, with paint, each tree to be harvested. We work with honest contractors, but also monitor logging operations regularly to assure contract compliance.

What does harvest supervision cost?

We protect landowners’ interests. Specific services and associated fees are always agreed upon in advance and are generally calculated as a percentage of timber income.