Assessing Forest Properties
Income and Growth
Though landowners may have a variety of reasons for owning forest land, the fact remains that forest land is a significant financial investment. To manage this investment well, it’s important to understand what can be produced, including both timber and non-timber forest products.
"In the long run, the management of the forest has made it possible to have it. We've tripled the value, tripled the volume...the forest is better off then when we started."
Ed Tunheim, Landowner
Harvesting Timber as Part of a Ranch Strategy
The Moore family explains their strategy to provide income through harvesting timber and raising livestock on their ranch.
"I grew up here. I'm the fifth generation to live here. One of the overriding goals I have in my life is to be a good steward of the land and to be able to pass it on to the next generation in as least good of condition as I received it from my parents or even better."
Mark Moore, Landowner, Humboldt County
what is a timber inventory?
This means hiring a forester to provide you with a report that includes information on species present, with their numbers, timber wood volumes, and growth rates. Based on the inventory, a forester can make a projection of future growth.
what is a non timber forest product?
Products from your forest other than timber and firewood are called non-timber forest products (NTFPs). Your opportunity to develop NTFPs depends on many factors, including forest type, location, markets, and your interests. The NTFP industry continues to develop niche markets for a host of new products, including florals, medicinals, edibles, craft materials, and landscaping.
how can i market my timber?
Being involved in selling your timber will bring the highest return with the greatest protection for your land. In most situations you will need to hire an RPF to help you market your timber. The RPF can handle many details, not the least of which is getting the best price for your timber and administering the timber harvest to achieve your goals and expectations.