Timber Prices Spike!

By Jim Griffith Registered Forester #1616 The rains continue to come, and loggers continue to be hampered  from getting into the woods and getting logs out.  This is not a good thing for the mill that is using up inventory faster than it is being replaced.  This is a very good thing for the timber owner wanting … Read more…

Delaying Your Harvest For Higher Timber Prices Can Cost You

It has been 10 years since we experienced what I call a “perfect storm” of timber prices. In 1999, there were a number of circumstances that occurred at the same time simultaneously which led to a brief period of all-time-high timber prices. We saw pine and hardwood species bring all-time- record high stumpage prices. These … Read more…

A Registered Forester Is Key to Maximizing Timber Profits

Uncertainty is present in all segments of today’s economy. The timber market is no exception. There is uncertainty among loggers, timber dealers and mills. There seem to be loggers shutting down their equipment right and left these days. They either don’t have timber to cut or the mills have reduced the quota of timber they … Read more…

How To Use a Down Timber Economy

By Jim Griffith Even if the talking heads in every form of media weren’t repeatedly telling us that our economy is in the doldrums, most of us would know this by simply examining our checking or savings accounts and observing our receding assets. Many of us wonder how we are going to survive this difficult … Read more…

Not Thinning Timber Can Cost You Money

By Jim Griffith Just because your money is in a bank doesn’t mean it is realizing its full earning potential. If your money isn’t in the right type of account, your money could even be dwindling away without you realizing it. One of my children had a savings account for which the bank charged a … Read more…

Marketing Timber Your Own Way Could Cost You

By Jim Griffith A landowner in the process of selling his timber was recently given my name with instructions to call me. My name was passed on to this person to help him navigate the harvest and sell of his timber and to help him get the highest return for his trees. You see that … Read more…

Hardwood Timber Prices

By Jim Griffith Everyone remembers the 1998 hardwood timber market when prices went through the roof. The really unique thing about that market was prices for all timber products skyrocketed at the same time. It was an extraordinary market that resulted from numerous circumstances occurring simultaneously. The economy was good, building was booming and paper-packaging … Read more…

What Do I Do With This Timber Property?

By Jim Griffith Many timber owners value their timberland and enjoy hunting or hiking on the property as they wait for their living investment to reach its maximum potential. For many landowners, visiting their timber property is a get-a-way from their main business, which is often unrelated to forestry, and allowed them to purchase the … Read more…

Don’t Postpone The Sale of Mature Timber

By Jim Griffith I recently sold a sizable tract of old-growth longleaf pine. In the timber business there is nothing like mature longleaf pine trees. These are the majestic pines people associate with Georgia, and the tract we sold was as good as it gets – that is, before pine beetles made their attack on … Read more…

Markets set prices, not sellers

By Jim Griffith Communities across this country are experiencing the negative effects of the real estate bubble bursting. The housing markets in these areas are expressing unprecedented price drops. I was recently told that a friend’s neighbor sold his house for $60,000 less than the appraised value of a year ago. No matter how much … Read more…