woodtick at lebmofo.com
Thu Feb 5 17:17:13 EST 1998
J. Fiske wrote:
> I've never sold a property on cruise data either. But, I can see where it'd
> make the hair on the back of your neck stand up!
> Thanks for your help Don! I appreciate it
> Joel Fiske
> Consultant Forester
> jfiske at lightlink.com
Thought I'd ad my 2 bits to the conversation. When I did procurement and
consulting work, I would routinely plot cruise a property as opposed to marking
timber. I used an angle gauge, compass and pace, and a 10% cruise. Information
gathered would include diameter, species, and grade. I'd note which trees I would
mark, and which trees should remain. I would also map the property as I took the
samples. After I had the data, I could write a management plan, if necessary,
compute how much timber value there was in a harvest, if recommended. This saved
a lot of time by marking the timber and have someone else buy it from underneath
me, after I did all the work. My plot cruises were within a few % when the timber
was marked. It gives a lot of confidence to be that close.
I don't like to do plots cruises when there are a lot of leaves (May-Sept). I can
do about 50-60 plots per day on rolling terrain, more on flatland. I have sold
pulp and firewood on just plot cruises. I also sold one timber sale solely on a
plot cruise. Not the optimum, but it is what the landowner wanted.
As far as software, I just used a spreadsheet to get the results. Works for me.
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