Have a 30 acre piece of land in Sampson county that needs select harvest of the trees. I'd like to have someone with a chipper for a cleaner finish, as most of the trees aren't that large. Any recommendations?
You really need to hire a good consulting forester to market your timber. Prices are very mill specific and product specific. A pickup tree buyer will screw you three ways to Sunday if you let them.
That is your opinion but just saying timber buyer will just screw you is false. If you have a larger tract and want to sell by lump sum the consultant would be a big advantage by cruising the timber and telling you what it should bring. Yes there are some crooks out there like in real estate or any business. If a landowner knows absolutely nothing about his land or his timber he probably way better off with consultant but you can do a little homework get list of timber company’s then get several different prices will weed out the bad ones. You can get a list of timber company’s from your local N.C. forest service office
There's some decent sized trees, but mostly smaller, about 10 inch and under struggling under the pine canopy. A good mix of hardwoods, oaks, hickory and maple. Just not sure how comfortable I am with felling a 60 foot pine on my own...I'm not.You will not get a chipper on a select cut tract that small, even a clear cut that size would likely not get a chipper. Most loggers dont have chippers anyway so that is a disadvantage to start. If you are select cutting, are you saying the harvest trees are not that big? If so you may not get any interest on any of it. I manage alot of timberland in that area and may can help you with names but need to know a little more.
I dont believe in absolutes so yes there are crooked real estate people(alot)and honest timber buyers but for the average landowner, the possibility that an unlicensed timber buyer with no required code of ethics or fiduciary responsibility, who is motivated to buy as cheaply as possible, in a very confusing and misunderstood business, is going to try to lowball the deal, is MUCH greater than when using a consultant. Even if the landowner is equipped to solicit offerers from multiple buyers, unless they have experience in this arena, my personal experience is pretty consistent in that without a consultant looking after them, they generally sell way too cheap. I have been around both sides for years and I understand that neither side generally like each other, and yes there are good buyers out there(I deal with several) but for a novice, get un biased help. In fact, the consultant is not unbiased since the more you make, the more he makes. Not trying to start an internet fight but consultants help with transparency that buyers don't necessarily have to abide by.
So is there a chance you might know someone in the Johnston county area that may be able to help?That’s for the most part what I said. If you know nothing about timber or what you have use a consultant. I have looked at timber not only could they not tell you when it was cut last a few didn’t know where it was located. We were moving about 5000 tons of wood a week before the quotas got so bad last few months which we get a lot from consultants in order to keep larger tracts. So we get along with consultants fine actually helps take lot of headache out of it if consultant dealing with landowner. On thinning our price is same to consultant as to landowner direct. But I was mainly referring to small acre thinning tracts. In our area the small loggers about gone so there not a lot options.
There building a chip mill here. I suspect the chip demand to change here.I'd get up with Grant Jones, hes the county ranger for Sampson County and a really good guy.
Chipping is becoming the norm in my area but weve also got a chip mill in our neighboring county, so theres a good market for it.
Truth be known your best bet is to get a consulting forester. They know the markets, they know the loggers, and they are the most likely candidate to get the best bang for your buck.
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