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…

Forestry expert recommends using forestry consultants

By Jim Griffith In past columns I’ve advocated that timber owners enlist the help of a registered forester to sell their timber. Some readers might say I only advocate this because I am trying to sell my own services. While offering the advice might bring some business to the GFB Forestry Company, the recommendation of … Read more…

Professional foresters maximize timber investments

By Jim Griffith Registered Forester #1616 I continually have to remind landowners that timber is an investment. It is an asset in which your money is tied up. You bought it and are paying interest on it or either it is earning you interest. It is an investment just like a share of stock. Stock … Read more…

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…