Payment for Forester’s Services

How will the forester get paid:



    Percent of sale revenue

Market Conditions

How are the current timber markets for the products/trees you have to sell?

  • Is it a good time to sell?
  • If not, what are the disadvantages to waiting for timber markets to improve?
  • Are there non-financial reasons, such as wildlife habitat, mortality, etc, that make harvesting now a priority?
Pre-Harvest Activities

Are there any pre-harvest activities you should do as the landowner?

 Activity 1 (QUESTION: Can we list 3-5 typical pre-harvest activities?)
 Activity 2
 Activity 3
 Activity 4

 Other: ___________________________________________

 Other: ___________________________________________

 Other: ___________________________________________
Restrictions on Sale

Are there wood quarantines or other legal restrictions that may impact the sale of your trees?

(Example: Emerald ash borer quarantines can restrict the movement of wood products and thus impact their salability.)

Type of Sale

What type of sale does the forester recommend for your area and timber?

 Lump sum



Why: ____________________________________________________________



Advertising Sale

How does the forester usually advertise sales?

Bid/Offers Process

What process does the forester recommend for getting offers or bids?

 Single offer
 Oral auction
 Sealed bid

Potential Buyers

What insight does the forester have about specific potential buyers?

Contract Review

Can you review a copy of a standard timber sale contract the forester uses for review? Look specifically at sections about:

 Section 1
 Section 2
 Section 3
 Section 4
 Section 5

QUESTION: What should the landowner look for during the review?

Foresters Role during the Sale

What does the forester do once the sale becomes active? How often do he or she check the site, scale the wood, etc?

 Checking the site (frequency): ______________________
 Scale the wood (frequency): _______________________
 Other: ________________________________________
 Other: _________________________________________
 Other: __________________________________________
 Other: __________________________________________

Foresters Role after the Sale

What can you expect from the forester once the wood is removed and the sale is closing?

  • QUESTION: Can we provide examples?
Viewing Other Sites

Can the forester take you to one or more tracts of timber that have been recently harvested by your prospective buyer?

When at the site(s), look for:
 How roads were created
 Item 2  (QUESTION: What things should you look for at the sites?)
 Item 3
 Item 4


Forest Recovery Process

What will my forest look like immediately after the harvest ends? Five years later?