Rawlings Consulting Forestry, PLLC: Serving forest landowners in North Carolina since 1983
The canopy of a loblolly pine
The canopy of a large loblolly pine left after a harvest in 1988.

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.