A timber appraisal is essentially a formal and objective third-party quantification of the timber value on your woodlot right now, which allows you to make better decisions about your upcoming timber harvest activities. To understand the actual value of your forest, you need an accurate inventory of your woodland and an assessment of the available resources’ quality and market value. You can determine the bulk of your timber’s market value by simply getting an accurate appraisal of the woodland’s composition and population. Our services help you gauge your standing volume and value by providing a detailed report that clarifies the most important metrics and quality of timber present on your property.
Our standard appraisals offer the following data and can include more information depending on your situation and needs.
Timber Volumes: The amount of marketable wood present in your forest stand.
- Timber Stand Typing Breakdown: The distribution and types of tree groups on your land.
- Timber Value Estimation: The current market value estimates for your stands.
In addition to providing you with all the key information, you need to understand the value of your timber on the market, in our detailed-oriented reports we provide a range of information that helps you to understand how this value is distributed. This tactical information can include a map of your land, where we visually represent the forest’s footprint and density and provide you with an accurate picture of the stand breakdown. This allows you to set fact-based priorities when it comes to planning and executing the harvest of your timber.
Beyond providing you with objective information for planning and decision making, an appraisal beforehand makes it easier to track the progress you are making toward meeting your objectives. This means that with a professional appraisal, you can make the most of the resources in your forest. Rather than simply working with a logging company and hoping for the best, you can be actively guiding the decisions you make and assess for yourself how efficient and effective your logging operation is.
When it comes to making the right decision for timing, harvest intensity, and regeneration between harvests, you need clear and effective data that is explained in a way that is useful to you. As you learn more about your forest, you can perform more effective negotiations and make more informed decisions about its growth and management, which will help you meet your objectives.
Post-Harvest Renewal Plans and Projections
In Maine, natural regeneration is the go-to solution for renewing timber lots because it works and is cost-effective. However, many treat this process as more art than science. We can help you to project how quickly you can expect timber lots to regenerate based on different degrees of intensity of harvest. The foundation of any long-term timber program is an understanding of optimal harvest cycles. Being armed with all the information may be helpful in making decisions that can have an impact measured in decades, rather than years.
Conservation Activity Plans
Timber is a natural resource that has been over-harvested in the past. Hence, concerns about its depletion always remain at the forefront of any state. Thankfully, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has remained an active body for more than 80 years to address these matters.
As recent as 2018, the Farm Bill has incentivized conservation efforts by dispersing funds from the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) to develop Conservation Activity Plans (CAP). Like the Forest Stewardship Program, it too offers cost-sharing schemes for several conservation efforts. It includes forest management plans.
Often, if a section of your timberland isn’t particularly valuable, choosing a conservation approach for that tract of land can at least help to defray the costs of maintaining the overall woodlot. With lateral thinking and all the information at your disposal, the best strategy can be devised and undertaken.