Forest Types of Michigan: Forest Products and Prices (E3202-16)

Forest Products and Prices discusses timber harvest from the point of view of the forest owner. It includes the process of selling stumpage and contracts and describes the products produced. Helpful selling tips are included.

At some time, nearly all woodlands are likely to experience a timber harvest. For many woodland owners, this is a once- or twice-in-a-lifetime event. Once a woodland owner decides the time is right for a timber sale, the questions surrounding forest products and pricing become important. Timber harvesting is the main tool through which forest management goals are met, including financial returns, forest regeneration, improved forest vigor and health, ecological services, wildlife habitat improvement and visual quality. Unlike most other raw materials, wood is a renewable resource, and harvesting provides many benefits.

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