For Timberland Owners in North Carolina and Virginia
Carolina Forestry offers consulting forestry and timber management services to landowners owning forestland in North Carolina and Virginia. Our forestry services are tailored to forest landowners who own from 10 acres to over a thousand acres. Some of our clients may only need a timber cruise or timber basis, while other clients hire us for long term, ongoing timber management ultimately improving timber quality, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and water quality.
Our timber and forestry services fall into these categories:
- Timber Sales
- Timber Appraisals
- Timberland Investment Analyses
- Timber Management Services
- Miscellaneous Services
Traditionally, selling timber has been a one-sided business-in favor of the buyer. Uninformed landowners are at a disadvantage when dealing with informed buyers who are familiar with timber value.
"Most timber sales are conducted on a lump-sum, sealed bid basis, where the sale can obtain 5 to 10 bids"Carolina Forestry’s experience with timber markets, as well as the utilization and appraisal of timber, eliminates this disadvantage and places landowners in a position to maximize their timber value.
The first step to a successful timber sale involves the completion of a detailed timber appraisal, followed by the preparation and mass marketing of a sale announcement, and concludes with the transfer of a timber deed. Most timber sales are conducted on a lump-sum, sealed bid basis, where the sale can obtain 5 to 10 bids. This bidding process creates competition between buyers and prevents collusion. Upon receiving all bids, the landowner will have the option of rejecting or accepting any bid
Appraising the value of a timber stand is crucial when determining whether to sell, retain or selectively thin a stand. Timber appraisals are accomplished by cruising or tree counting. A cruise is a systematic inventory of a population and proves to be an effective way to appraise larger stands that have little variability. Conversely, tree counting is a more accurate method of appraising small or irregular shaped stands with high variability. A quality timber appraisal takes time and knowledge by an experienced forester.
Timberland Investment Analyses
Many individuals enjoy the benefits associated with owning and managing timberland. Not only does timberland offer recreational enjoyment, it can also be an important component of a diversified investment portfolio.
"...it is imperative to have a qualified forester examine your timberland and determine the investment potential before making any buy-sell decisions."However, not all tracts prove to be profitable investments. Therefore, it is imperative to have a qualified forester examine your timberland and determine the investment potential before making any buy-sell decisions. Carolina Forestry can recognize and promote sound forestry investments by combining the application of growth & yield and financial programs, with their diverse forestry experience.
Timber Management Services
Successful forest management begins with a comprehensive management plan prepared by a professional forester. The plan is written in conjunction with the landowner’s precise objectives and will provide a detailed plan of action for future management based on data collected and analyzed from the property. To reinforce future management decisions, growth and yield predictions are included and utilized in conjunction with economic analyses. This information is analyzed to form an in-depth report of the property and will be the basis for prescribing all forest management activities.
Miscellaneous Timber Services
- Pulpwood Thinnings
- Residential/Development Thinnings
- Disease and Pest Management
- Property Tax Reduction
- Damage and Trespass Appraisals
- Boundary Line Maintenance