Frequently Asked Questions

How big do my trees need to be before they are cut?
What logging company buys most of your sales?
How do you enforce the terms of a logging contract?
How are the lumber markets right now?
How often can you log a woods?
What is the best season to sell my timber?

How big do my trees need to be before they are cut?

The short answer is, anything bigger than 12 inches at chest high can be sawn into boards. The long answer is far more complicated than that. There are many questions that Peter considers while marking a woods for sale. How healthy is the tree? How much growing space does it have? What species is it? How well does that species thrive on this property? What are the landowner’s goals for his or her land? There is a great difference between a tree that can be cut and sold, and a tree that should be cut and sold.

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What logging company buys most of your sales?

The winning bidder is different every time. Every logging company’s demand for timber of a particular species or timber in a particular region will change from month to month. By competitively bidding each sale, Peter ensures that the timber finds its best market.

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How do you enforce the terms of a logging contract?

First, by being very specific in the contract with what we expect of the loggers. Second, by imposing a security deposit from the buyers that will be returned only if the terms of the contract are fulfilled.

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How are the lumber markets right now?

The answer to this question depends on the species and can change from month to month! Contact Peter, and he can give you current information based on his most recent sales.

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How often can you log a woods?

The answer depends on what you have to start with, and how much you take out at each cutting. Generally, New York forests can be logged between every ten to thirty years.

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What is the best season to sell my timber?

Because we usually grant a twelve month contract, timber can be sold year round. The buyer can come to harvest as conditions allow.

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