Converting timber into cash can be complex. We will help you navigate the process, while maximizing the value of your asset.
After you’ve contacted us, we’ll send out a member of our team to conduct a site-visit to assess the harvesting potential of your timber.
We evaluate several factors including the size and age of the timber, acreage, volume per acre, variety of product types present, site accessibility, etc.
From the site visit, we determine which product types will need to be merchandised to maximize financial returns.
We approach multiple mill customers with our assessment of the timber and the available products. They then have the option to evaluate the tract for themselves and see if it meets their qualifications.
If the tract meets their needs, the mill customer will give us a price that they’re willing to pay for the product(s), which we use to formulate a stumpage price for the landowner.
We take the mill’s “delivered rate” and factor in the cost of logging, hauling, and brokering the materials. The balance of that formulation is known as the stumpage price, and it’s the price that the landowner will net.
The landowner can be paid in one of three ways: 1) By-product, per-ton as harvested, 2) Per ton composite, and 3) Lump-sum. Your payment options can be discussed in more detail with a member of our team.
After a verbal agreement is reached, we move on to the contract phase. The terms of the agreement are written in the contract and all parties are bound.
After the contract is signed, we have an allotted time frame in which to harvest the agreed upon tract.
Once harvesting begins, we will remain as the primary point of contact for the landowner or their representative throughout the process. Much like a general contractor on a construction site, we act as the intermediary between the landowner, logger, and mill customer.
Throughout the process, we inspect the active timber harvest for quality and implementation of Best Management Practices for Forestry. We also ensure that each tree is sorted into the highest value-class as possible, maximizing financial returns.
After the harvest is completed, we inspect the site before the harvester leaves to ensure that Georgia Best Management Practices for Forestry (BMPs) have been followed. At that point, the site is ready to be returned to the landowner to pursue their next steps, whether it be site-prep for reforestation, etc.