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How Much Land Do I Need for Timber Harvesting?

How Much Land Do I Need for Timber Harvesting?

Thursday, February 09, 2023

Our area is known as one of the most beautiful places in the South. The rolling foothills present residents and visitors with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding valleys. Rivers like the Yadkin, Roaring River, Catawba, and Ararat carve spectacular paths through the region, supplying some of the best trout fishing in the state. 

We have an abundance of activities available for adventure-seeking to enjoy, including:


  • Hiking 
  • Mountain biking
  • Kayaking and tubing
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Rock climbing
  • Fly fishing

It is understandable why people want to own property in our area. Many can trace their land ownership back many generations. Others have found their way to Wilkes, Yadkin, Allegheny, Ashe, Caldwell, Alexander, and Carroll Counties since the start of the pandemic. 

North Wilkesboro, called a Zoom Town by USA today, has become home to people utilizing the rise of working remotely to own property in some of the more beautiful places in the country. Whether you have been here for years or recently found your way to our area, you might be wondering what you can do to make sure that your land is as financially viable and profitable as possible. 

Harvesting timber is one way to get the most out of your property while also ensuring your woodlands are as healthy as possible. Do you have enough land to harvest timber? Are your forests mature enough to sell stands? We want to help you answer these questions. 

What Is Timber Harvesting?

The more you understand the process, the better you can determine whether you have enough timber to swell. Before you decide to sell your timber, here is what you need to know about timber harvesting:

Key Terms to Know About Timber

Timber Harvest: Comprises harvesting and reforestation planning, cutting trees and transporting them to a landing, processing, sorting, loading lumber, and transporting them to a sawmill. 

Forest Management: To achieve specified objectives, proper management and control of wooded land is required to sustain health, vigor, product flow, and other qualities like soil condition, water quality, wildlife preservation, and attractiveness. It is the practical application of the science of forestry. 

Stand of Trees: A forest area that can be managed as a single unit that is simply defined in terms of species composition or age. Types of stands include:

  • Pure Stand
  • Residual Stand
  • Natural Stand
  • Mixed Stand
  • Uneven-Aged Stand

Hardwood Trees: In contrast to coniferous or trees with needle leaves, hardwood trees have broad, flat leaves. The hardness of hardwood species varies, and some are actually softer than softwoods.

Softwood Trees: Coniferous trees are those that belong to the order Coniferales. Softwood trees usually have needles or scale-like leaves, are evergreen and yield cones. Pines, spruces, firs, and cedars are among the softwood trees.

Knowing What Your Trees Are Worth

The type and health of your stands of trees will factor into determining their worth and whether you have enough for timber harvesting. Of course, the law of supply and demand, which ultimately governs the price of timber, will help us determine how much an acre of timber is worth. 

Location, adjacent mill types, proximity to those mills, and the volume and type of timber products consumed in a given area all influence demand. As a result, the value per acre is determined by the amount and variety of products available on a tract of land.

If the amount of forested land you have is limited, you might prefer to hang onto your trees. Their presence could help with property values. 

How Can You Know if You Have Enough Land for Timber?

Church & Church Lumber Company works with landowners who have ten acres of trees to harvest. If you want to consider harvesting and selling your lumber, here are some key factors: 

  • The age of your forest
  • The types of trees you have
  • The market demand and price for trees like what you have in your woodlands
  • Your goals regarding harvesting and forestry management

Are You Ready to Sell Your Timber?

Are you ready to talk more about harvesting timber? Church & Church Lumber Company would love to talk more about how we can help. In addition to logging services, we offer forestry management consultation that can help make sure your property is properly managed in an environmentally conscious manner. 

With the right timber harvesting practices in place, you will have a healthy stand of trees again where the logging takes place. Trees are a renewable resource, and our society always needs lumber. Make sure you take the right steps to replant and reforest your property after your timber is cut. Contact Church & Church for more information about harvesting timber. 

Are you ready to sell a wooded portion of your land? Church & Church can help with that too. We purchase tracts of land larger than ten acres to put our timber harvesting and forestry management processes into practice. If you would rather sell your land than worry about timber harvesting, contact the team at Church & Church today