Forestry Basics

The following three lessons will help you generally understand the "architecture" of the forest, how to measure a tree like a forester, and finally how to estimate the value of what is in your woodlot.  Please keep in mind that this brief introduction will not make you an expert. 

PLEASE consult a forestry professional before making any commitment to harvest.  

How Do I Estimate My Woodlot Value?

Sawtimber
The question is how do I apply the stumpages prices to estimate my woodlot value? As can be seen in any of the reports listed above, stumpage prices are listed in dollars per thousand board feet ($/MBF). Since stumpage value changes by species and is listed in $/MBF, the job comes down to making a tree list for your woodlot that records species, diameter (dbh) and sawlog height of each tree. Measuring diameter and sawlog height is covered in Lesson 2. We will start with an unrealistically small list of 5 trees in a woodlot (your’s will most likely be a much larger list). For each tree we will list the species, diameter (DBH) and number of 16-foot logs to the nearest one-half log:

Species DBH Logs
WO 18 1.5
RO 20 2.0
RO 22 2.5
BC 19 2.0
RM 20 2.0

Where:
WO = white oak
RO = red oak
BC = black cherry
RM = red maple

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