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Managing Your Timber Sale. Advice for landowners before logging. What’s a Fair Share for the Owner?. Understanding log markets and the jargon C,K, and J sorts, camp run Pulp wood, chip ‘n saw Log scaling and weight scale What should a logging job cost?. Understanding Log Markets.

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managing your timber sale

Managing Your Timber Sale

Advice for landowners before logging

what s a fair share for the owner
What’s a Fair Sharefor the Owner?
  • Understanding log markets and the jargon
    • C,K, and J sorts, camp run
    • Pulp wood, chip ‘n saw
    • Log scaling and weight scale
  • What should a logging job cost?
understanding log markets1
Understanding Log Markets
  • Log prices fluctuate
  • Log market contacts are important
  • Perceptions of log quality vary
  • Know what you have in order to evaluate harvest timing and target purchasers
the jargon
The Jargon
  • Bureau grades: peeler, SM, 2S, 3S, 4S
  • Export Sorts: Japan, China, Korea, others
  • Domestic Sorts: Camp run, chip ‘n saw, diameter/length breaks, oversize logs
a final word about log exports
A final word about log exports
  • Source: April 2002 report by James Stevens, Campbell Group LLC
log scaling and weight scale1
Log Scaling and Weight Scale
  • Roll-out scale
  • Puget Sound Log Scaling and Grading Bureau

1969 Rule Book

“Independent” 3rd party measuring

  • Mill scale
  • Ton wood
  • Weight sampling
what should a logging job cost
What Should a Logging Job Cost ?
  • What is a “logging job”?
  • Extras

Clearing debris and pulling stumps

Burning piles

Capital improvements

Road maintenance and abandonment

Permitting, engineering, surveying

Marketing services

Harvest administration

Reforestation

logging cost factors
Logging Cost Factors
  • Logging systems
  • Timber size and quality
  • Road access
  • Distance to market
more cost factors
More Cost Factors
  • Harvest volume
  • Silvicultural system
  • Neighbor concerns
  • Contract terms (“Extras”)
what should a logging job cost1
What Should a Logging Job Cost ?
  • What is the magic “% split”?

There isn’t one: logging costs commonly range from 20-70 % of gross

WDOR uses the figure 35 % of gross

when no records are available

presented by
Presented by:

John D. Gold, Principal

John Gold & Co., Consulting Foresters

619 Commercial Avenue

Suite 25

Anacortes, WA 98221

360/299-8166

[email protected]

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