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How do I know what my timber is worth?

The value of your timber is determined by many factors, such as the species of trees you have to sell, the timber's size and quality, the distance from the purchaser's mill, and many other factors. To get an estimate of what your timber may be worth, you must know the size, quantity, and quality of the timber. Once you know these things (when you have a forest inventory), you can apply reference standing timber prices (such as are found in the Mississippi Timber Price Report) to arrive at a reasonable estimate of your timber's worth. From this point, the use of the competitive bidding method will extract the highest price from the competitive market in your area. It's recommended that landowners consult a professional forester before making a timber sale.

 

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Filed Under: Forestry, Forest Management, Beginning Forestry, Timber Harvest January 31, 2019

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service invites private landowners to a workshop to learn about the benefits prescribed burns provide for wildlife habitat.

The prescribed burning workshop will be held at the Black Prairie Wildlife Management Area in Crawford, Mississippi, on Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A single-lane dirt road runs through a green forest with a slightly raised dirt structure running across from one side to the other and another similar diversion several yards further up the road.
Filed Under: Beginning Forestry January 4, 2019

Many forest landowners wonder if best management practices really matter on their property, and the simple answer is yes. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/John Auel)

Aerial view of fields with a tree-lined creek running through the middle.
Filed Under: Forest Management, Beginning Forestry December 21, 2018

Streamside management zones have become critical tools forestry landowners and professionals use for protecting water quality during and after timber harvests.

A large field with tree seedlings growing in the middle of a long row void of other plants. Adjacent rows are full of grasses and weeds.
Filed Under: Beginning Forestry December 14, 2018

Growth and survival of planted hardwood seedlings are not guaranteed, and forest managers may need to learn more about establishment methods to avoid failed plantings. 

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