I've heard terrible logging stories, what can I do to avoid this myself?
The first step is to begin your timber harvest planning with a professional forester. The Wagner Companies have eight college educated, certified foresters on staff. Together we will plan your harvest and determine which trees will go and which will stay to enhance future growth and make the most money for you, the landowner.
Does it cost me anything to have an initial consultation?
No, the initial walk through the woodlot is free. We will work with you to help you determine what is best for you and your woodlot and help you reach your financial and forest related goals.
Do we need a Consulting Forester?
Not generally. Our staff of foresters is as qualified, if not more than, any consulting forester without their fee involved. Wagner's foresters work with accountants, attorneys, the state, the county, and municipalities. Wagner generally pays more for timber than would cover any consulting fee, and you the landowner would be able to deal directly with us regarding your woodlot. Our expertise in the lumber market brings you more money than any consulting forester could bring.
What's the best time of year to harvest timber?
Generally speaking, winter. Trees are dormant, so the bark is tight. The ground is frozen which reduces impact to soil. Log spoilage is not an issue either. Very steep ground, or parcels with seasonal access can't easily be harvested in the winter, however.
When is the best time of year to sell timber?
Now! Due to our size, Wagner Lumber has the ability to handle millions of board feet of lumber at any time. Seasonal market fluctuations don't influence how we purchase timber.
What makes a good looking timber harvest?
The intensity of the harvest has a lot to do with the appearance of the woods following a harvest. Another huge factor is the quality of workmanship of the harvesting crew. We utilize the best quality loggers in the area, hands down. We specialize in fussy landowners! Our foresters are highly skilled in removing the proper number of trees/acre to maintain the aesthetic appeal and health of your forest land.