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Timber Sales

Timber marking, marketing and harvest compliance are all services included in our timber sales.  Timber bids are sent out to a large number of timber buyers to ensure the highest possible price paid to the landowner and the job is performed by reputable companies with a history of high quality work.

Harvest Descriptions

Thinning Operations

Thinning operations are necessary to stimulate timber stand development by decreasing stand density, improving species composition and improving the general quality of a stand. 

  • First thinnings are commonly called “row” thinnings because they are performed by removing entire rows of trees (commonly every 3rd, 4th or 5th row in east Texas) along with poorly performing or inferior stems in the adjacent rows that remain.
  • Second thinnings are typically performed 5-8 years prior to the final harvest and remove any remaining pulpwood and other poorly performing trees.  It sets up the stand to be highly successful in the final harvest by focusing limited resources like water, sunlight and nutrients on residual stems.
  • Seed tree or shelterwood thinnings are designed to remove most of the volume and value from a mature stand while leaving enough stems to naturally regenerate the stand with seed cast.  The remaining mature stems may be commercially harvested once regeneration is well established.  These operations are typically performed in conjunction with a herbicide application or prescribed burn to promote a successful seed catch. 
  • Real estate or HBU (Higher Better Use) harvests are designed to remove the maximum allowable timber value without damaging the resale value of the land the timber is growing on.

First Thin

Following  a first thin, entire rows of trees are removed to allow sunlight
 and other  resources to be distributed to the remaining stems as well as  
providing them with room to grow.

 

Final Harvest

Final harvest refers to the removal of all merchantable stems in a particular stand (also known as clearcutting).  This allows for maximum financial gain for the landowner as well as total control over the reforestation process.

Final Harvest

Final  harvest shortly after completion.

      

Final Harvest

Final  harvest several months after completion prior to any 
reforestation activities.