Rawlings Consulting Forestry PLLC

About Our Company

Rawlings Consulting Forestry PLLC is a locally-owned family company dedicated to assisting and serving the landowners of North Carolina with their forestry needs. Originating in 1983 with a few clients in south-central North Carolina, Rawlings Consulting Forestry PLLC has grown to provide assistance to hundreds of clients, many repeatedly, in central and eastern North Carolina. We focus on sound forest management with a personal touch. Our company has produced millions of dollars in timber sale profits for our clients and has been directly responsible for the establishment and planting of thousands of acres of trees including Loblolly pine, Longleaf pine and numerous varieties of hardwoods. We are a leader in the forestry applications of GPS and GIS technology. Rawlings Consulting Forestry PLLC provides the best combination of old-fashioned work ethics and service with modern innovation.

Our clientele consists primarily of private landowners, but includes municipalities, banks, attorneys, accountants, estate administrators, airports, real estate appraisers, engineering companies, employee pension plans and non-forestry based corporations. We have been retained to assist with as few as 3 acres to projects encompassing over 7,000 acres. A few of our clients have included the City of Fayetteville, the City of Wilson, Wachovia Bank and Trust and the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority.

Portrait of Brad Rawlings

Bradley J. Rawlings, RF ACF CF

Senior consulting forester and owner of Rawlings Consulting Forestry PLLC, Bradley J. Rawlings has called North Carolina home since 1957 and claims almost-native status. Growing up in west Raleigh, Brad was introduced to forestry in his childhood playground, the undeveloped woodlands of west Raleigh, and through his scouting activities with Troop 357 at Highland Methodist Church where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Formal education was obtained at North Carolina State University where in 1980 he was granted a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the School of Forest Resources. Since then, Brad has become a Registered Forester with the State of North Carolina, a Certified Forester with the Society of American Foresters and has been granted acceptance into the Association of Consulting Foresters. In 1981, he married a real North Carolina native and farm girl, affectionately referred to as the last great cook. After three children, he considers fatherhood a little more challenging than growing trees but, like growing trees, well worth the effort. When not getting paid to play in the woods, Brad enjoys family activities, propagating azaleas, photography, and surf fishing.


Bachelor of Science in Forestry, 1980
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina



Frequently Asked Questions

If I contact you, am I obligated to anything?

Absolutely not. Rawlings Consulting Forestry PLLC understands that asking questions is part of the process of wisely choosing a consulting forester. No fees will be incurred during the interview process and we encourage all landowners to take advantage of our free, no obligation review of their timberland.

I don't own much land; do I have enough for a timber sale?

The number of acres you own is not nearly as important as the quality and quantity of the trees growing on those acres. Rawlings Consulting Forestry PLLC has conducted timber sales on acreages as small as 5 acres. In 1989, a 4.73 acre sale containing old growth timber sold for $24,920.

I have big trees, but are they ready to be sold?

The best way to determine if your trees are ready to be sold is to have your timberland reviewed by a professional consulting forester. During the review of your timberland, the consulting forester will take note of the quality, quantity and the type of trees growing on your timberland. Many consulting foresters will also examine the growth rates of the trees. The information obtained during the review and his or her knowledge of the local timber markets and will allow the consulting forester to determine if your trees are ready to be sold. If you are considering selling your trees, Rawlings Consulting Forestry PLLC offers a free, no obligation review of your timberland.

I live a long way from Wendell. Will you come this far to assist me?

Rawlings Consulting Forestry PLLC serves the entire central and eastern portion of North Carolina. While it is always nice to assist landowners close to home, we understand that asking you to bring your timberland to us is impossible; therefore, we come to you.

I have trees ready to be sold. How much will the timber sale commission be?

The timber sale commission is dependent on many factors including the number of acres to be sold, quality and quantity of the timber, condition of the property lines, stream side management zones, NC Division of Water Quality River Rules, local government ordinances, endangered species and of course, the type of timber inventory required to correctly obtain your timber volume. While timber sale commissions generally range between 7% and 13%, the only way to provide the exact commission requires a review of the timber you wish to sell. At no cost and no obligation to you, Rawlings Consulting Forestry PLLC will review your timber and provide you with the precise timber sale commission and the services we will provide for your sale.

What type of forest inventory do I need?

The type of forest inventory to conduct is dependent on many factors including the uniformity of the timber, contiguous acreage, species of trees, local timber markets, streams, and most importantly, the purpose of the inventory. Strip, fixed plot, variable plot or 100% tally are all recognized types of inventories used by forest industry professionals and are interchangeable in most circumstances.

After a review of your timber and a discussion concerning how the inventory is to be used, a professional consulting forester will advise you as to the type of inventory that will provide the desired results.

What is the best way to sell timber?

The best way to sell timber is dependent on the results you wish to achieve. If you are seeking the highest possible income from the sell of your timber, then a lump-sum, sealed bid sale will definitely provide this. However, if you are conducting a selective harvest and the trees you are leaving are more or are of equal importance to the trees you are selling, then negotiated sale with a logger or buyer chosen for the quality of their work may be the only way to provide the desired results.

What factors are used to determine the value of my timber?

Timber value is determined by many factors including species, forest product, quality, total volume, and volume per acre, soil moisture content, streams, road access, location and distance to the mill. Variable factors that may influence the value of your timber include endangered species, government regulations and the price of diesel fuel.

I have big trees in my yard and around my house. Can I sell these trees?

Under most circumstances, no. Yard trees and those located around farm outbuildings frequently contain nails and other metal objects making it hazardous for the workers in the mill. Additionally, most loggers do not maintain insurance for removing trees around homes and other structures and the weight of logging equipment my be detrimental to lawns and septic lines.