We are cutting timber on several tracts in two states as I'm writing this. Though I'm not a logger or a graduate forester, I do know more than the average
bear about timber management. That being said, I still use a professional forester on all of the tracts where we manage timber...always!
Here are the main reason why I do it:
1. THEY KNOW MORE THAN ME. I am an experienced land broker in 6 states and have personally been involved with tens of thousands of acres of timberland.
But the guys I use to help me plan, manage, and harvest timber still know that side of business way better than I.They have seen and experienced countless
situations, in various markets and conditions, on many more acres of timberland than I have. Their insight is likely going to have more depth than
mine in this field.
2. THEY'LL USUALLY PAY THEIR OWN WAY. I have yet to have a situation where the foresters I use haven't exceeded my expectations in the final tally of sales
and condition of the property when the logging was done. The 7-10% they charge me for the work has been offset in the increased level of merchandising
of timber their on-site presence brings. This detail results in better utilization - and pricing - for my timber. They also are able to work their
contacts to get me the best price available in the current market. This all adds up to more to than paying their own way!