Our Logging Process
What will my property look like after you're done harvesting?
What really sets us apart from other loggers is our genuine concern for the future of our forests. That is why we focus on green harvesting practices and proper forest management, which in turn keeps logging sites looking as good as possible. The cleanup crew is led by our foreman, Chris, who creates a harvesting plan that focuses on getting the logs we need and leaving the rest untouched. You might find that other logging companies cut with no concern and your property will look like a tornado ran through it. In light of this, Chris has designed a strategy for green harvesting that really works. It takes more time and is harder for our logging crew, but the results are worth it. (You can find an in-depth explanation in our Logging Practices.) In forestry terms, we harvest to improve future growth of the residual stand by using single tree and group tree selection. What that means is—in 5 years, the logged area will be filled with saplings, and in 10, it will be filled with beautiful trees! This method of logging isn’t just beneficial for the environment, it also promotes the growth of high value trees. As a property owner, if you harvest with us once, your second harvest will be even more profitable and happen even sooner than if you log with other companies.
When do I get paid
We make a down payment on the timber of about 10% at the signing of the contract. After checking with the courthouse to ensure ownership validity, we pay in full before a single tree is cut.
What locations do you buy timber in?
We mainly operate in southern Indiana, but we can harvest in other areas as long as the property has enough acreage. We can also visit areas that have many small properties that are all interested in selling. Just give us a call if you have concerns about your location: (812) 797-7504.
What trees are you interested in cutting?
We are mainly interested in white oak, walnut, and hard maple. Other species that are still popular but not as high in value include poplar, soft maple, red oak, hickory, cherry, and ash. Low grade species and pallet logs will be harvested as well according to the landowner’s wishes, tree size, etc.
When can I get my timber cut again?
We can cut the timber again in 10-20 years after the initial harvest. This depends on how well the timber was harvested and the logging practices used. This is one of the reasons forest management is so important to us. It not only protects the earth, but it also brings more profit to landowners in the future. If you get your timber cut by foresters who don’t care, it could take up to 40 years for the forest to be healthy enough to harvest again.
How much will it cost for an estimate?
We will give you a free estimate on the value of your timber. Call us today at (812) 797-7504 to set up a meeting with one of our foresters.
What should I expect once I sell my timber?
After the contract is signed and payment received, our timber buyer will set up a pre-harvest plan with you based on what you want done with your property. Then, our crew foreman will meet you to go over any concerns you have and set the plan of operation. The harvesting will commence and the cut timber will be moved from the property. Afterwards, our cleanup crew will use the dozer to smooth and areas in need, straw will be laid, seeds planted, etc.
What happens to the tops of the trees?
We pull the tops of the trees out of fields and streams and leave them in the forest. They become fodder for wildlife in the forest and the leftovers break down into nutrients and turn into soil.
How many acres are enough for a harvest?
It depends. Ideally you should have at least 20 acres for a timber harvest. BUT if you have a lot of very large trees that are high value trees, it can work. You should have at least 50 trees. We have a large and small crew on staff, and the smaller crew is able to handle these smaller jobs. ALSO we can harvest if there are people in your area who want to sell as well and it adds up to enough timber. Call us for a consultation.
What locations do you buy timber in?
We mainly operate in southern Indiana within a 50 mile radius of Mitchell. We can harvest in other areas as long as the property has enough acreage (100+ acres). We can also visit areas that have many small properties that are all interested in selling. Just give us a call if you have concerns about your location: (812) 797-7504.
Why should I sell my timber?
Some property owners may not realize they have “money growing on their trees.” By selling your timber, you are using a very easy way to get a large sum of money. Timber is alive and has a lifespan as all other living things. When timber gets too big, it will eventually fall over and die, returning to the soil it grew from. That’s why it is important to harvest timber in its prime to prevent losing value on good timber. Harvesting your timber is also good for forests. Often trees leave their seeds all over the forest floor, but their large canopies prevent any of the seeds from getting sunlight and growing. Once large trees are cut, it opens a small clearing which allows young saplings to grow. This also is great for wildlife and allows animals such as deer to flourish. In Indiana, low grade trees such as Beech and Sycamore often take over forests. By having these trees cut down for pallet logs, it allows high grade species such as white oak and walnut to grow—creating more profit for any future timber harvests you wish to do.