It pays to get multiple timber bids

By Jim Griffith Registered Forester #1616 I recently learned the hard way that you can’t secure the highest possible bid for your timber by knowing what your timber is worth nor by contacting a timber buyer known for paying good prices. I was selling timber for a landowner who had a 10-acre stand of pine … Read more…

Drought can be last straw for stressed trees

By Jim Griffith Registered Forester #1616 Many areas of Georgia are seeing record lows of rainfall this year. One good thing about a drought is the opportunity to log forests that are normally too wet to allow equipment in for harvesting. However, the bad thing about drought is that it puts trees under stress. People … Read more…

What do I do with my timber?

By Jim Griffith Registered Forester #1616 I get calls all the time from timber owners who want to know what to do with their timber. Often, this is a general question to which I’m expected to definitively answer right then and there; so I do, “It depends.” And it does depend on the type, quantity, … Read more…

Clear-cuts can be used as a forestry management tool

By Jim Griffith Registered Forester #1616 As a forestry student, I visited Lake Winfield Scott in the Cooper’s Creek Wildlife Management Area for a week while working for the Institute of Natural Resources. Although climbing up and down that steep Tennessee Valley Divide almost did my body in the first days of the trip, the … Read more…

The highest bid isn’t always the best

By Jim Griffith Registered Forester #1616 If you have ever sold your timber by the ton where you are paid as the buyer hauls it from your property, then you may have found yourself in an unnerving and confusing situation. For anyone who may be considering selling by this method, often called a cut-&-haul, pay-as-cut, … Read more…

Postponing Timber Harvests Can Be Costly

By Jim Griffith Do you have a savings account? Are you using your timber and timberland as your savings account? I run across many timber owners that are. Using your timberland as a savings account might be a good idea. But when you think about it, is it really? I met two separate individuals this … Read more…

What you don’t know can hurt you

By Jim Griffith Registered Forester #1616 Ignorance can cost us dearly. I am ignorant in regards to how foods affect my cholesterol levels. In my ignorance, I tend to pick foods that cause my bad cholesterol to elevate beyond a safe level. Recently, I made a decision to overcome my ignorance. I can’t seem to … Read more…