Marketing is perhaps the most important decision landowners make in the life of their forest. Landowners sometimes approach selling timber with apprehension, fear, and caution. This need not be the case. The answer for landowners is to learn about timber marketing.
Marketing timber involves using a business-like procedure to determine the potential value of your timber. The next step is to advertise it among potential buyers so as to capture the fair market value for your timber.
This procedure includes timber inventory, using reference prices, invitations to bid, bid opening, sale contracts, logging supervision, and reforestation. All these steps are covered in the publications available here. In addition, the Profitable Harvesting and Marketing short course is taught throughout the state. Check to see if county agents have scheduled a short course near you.